A Part of History: Inside the Smithsonian FFA Jacket Donation

The blue jacket.

Since 1933, when the first jacket was worn to a national FFA convention, the piece of clothing has evoked many emotions. It is a tradition that evokes great pride and emotion. In 2015, that jacket, that sense of pride, will be shared with others who visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as part of the American Enterprise exhibit. Continue reading

Smithsonian: Tell Us Your Story of Agricultural Education

If you were a member of FFA, 4-H, or other agricultural education program as a kid, you know just how powerful these experiences can be.

Now you can share it with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History!

The museum is embarking on a project to fill its Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive. The online repository is geared to collect and preserve the history of modern agriculture.

Share your agricultural education story now!

Obviously, agricultural education — and FFA — have played a huge role in the development of American agriculture, which is why the museum is launching an effort to collect, preserve, and share stories of regular people from around the country whose lives have been touched by programs and activities. Continue reading

Earth Day 2014: Vernon FFA (Fla.) Tackles River Cleanup

Editor’s Note: FFA members care about their education, their community and their environment. On Earth Day 2014, here’s one story about an FFA chapter making a difference in all three areas. This story is adapted from an article appearing in the winter 2014 edition of New Visions — the official newsletter of the National FFA Alumni Association.

Holmes River

Holmes River

At the heart of Washington County, Fla., is the Holmes River. Locally called “Holmes Creek,” the natural waterway is the center of community activities for boaters, fishermen, canoers and kayakers and swimmers. It flows for miles through the county, beginning as a tiny stream and continuing to grow as it is fed along the way by several springs.

Holmes Creek is often filled with boaters, fishermen, kayakers and swimmers, depending on the season. ‘Going to the creek’ is probably the favorite recreation for most of the youth in and around the town of Vernon. It also draws visitors from surrounding counties. Continue reading

Support FFA with Ram Trucks’ Next Crop Project on April 26

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On April 26, you can support FFA just by taking a test drive.

As announced during the CBS broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, Ram Trucks is continuing its support of the National FFA Organization with “The Next Crop Project.

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FFA Joins Brandt Racing for 2014 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Justin Allgaier celebrates a NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Montreal in 2012.

Justin Allgaier celebrates a NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Montreal in 2012.

FFA members will have a new team to root for in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season — including a driver who is a member of the National FFA Alumni Association.

FFA sponsor and scholarship supporter Brandt, Inc., announced Tuesday that Justin Allgaier would campaign the No. 51 Brandt Racing Chevrolet in 21 races at NASCAR’s highest level in 2014 — and that FFA would be on-board.

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