Ohio FFA Members Raise Chickens to Support Local Abuse Shelter

FFA member Eliza Hershberger makes a donation of fresh chicken to the Family Abuse Shelter’s Grant Coordinator Fawnda Cress.

The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County (Ohio) provides 24/7 support to those in the community suffering from abuse and homelessness. To perform its mission, the shelter requires assistance at every turn to help the community members. It operates solely on grants and donations.

FFA members at the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in Troy, Ohio, made helping the shelter a priority in a way they are uniquely qualified — by growing food that could be donated as part of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

FFA Membership Explodes to Record Level

Analysts forecast that the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.

Today’s students are answering that call, evidenced by an explosion in FFA membership throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the past year. Continue reading

FFA Chapter Aids Community Hit by Wildfire

In July, the largest wildfire in Washington history struck the state. Named the Carlton Complex fire, it burned out of control after being ignited by lightning strikes. One town — Pateros, Wash., — took on extensive damage.

That’s when the Battle Ground FFA chapter went in to action to help Pateros, a community more than five hours away. Continue reading

2014 National Finalists: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair

The news many of you have been waiting for is here!

Friday we announced the 2014 national finalists for several award areas in three programs: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair. These awards, listed below, honor the best and brightest of FFA nationwide in so many different areas, and we could not be more proud to celebrate your accomplishments at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo this fall in Louisville! Continue reading

May Hunger Heroes Challenge Winner: Verdugo Hills FFA

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It’s time to announce the May winner of the monthly FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge!

This month’s winner is California’s Verdugo Hills FFA Chapter. Recently, FFA members from Verdugo involved thirty volunteers to quickly generate and donate 372 meals during the month.

Verdugo Hills sponsored a local food bank with 15 boxes of donated canned goods. Chapter members also earned donations and used those donations along with crops they grew to make hot breakfasts to feed local residents in need on the third Thursday of each month. Each week, they averaged 25-30 hot meals prepared and are working toward a goal of 50 meals per month. Continue reading

April Hunger Heroes Challenge Winner: Louisiana’s St. Amant FFA Chapter

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It’s time to announce the April winner of the monthly FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge!

This month’s winner is the St. Amant FFA Chapter from Louisiana. Recently, FFA members from St. Amant volunteered for 48 hours to donate the equivalent of 9,282 meals.

St. Amant hosted a school-wide canned food drive and “dress down” day to both raise money and supplies for a local food bank. FFA members posted signs about hunger around the school to increase awareness and held a competition among home rooms to see who collect the most canned goods.  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.

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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.

See the video now:

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2014 FFA State Convention Schedule

Photos from state FFA conventions around the country!

Photos from state FFA conventions around the country!

Wondering when your state FFA convention is? Wondering which member of the National FFA Officer Team will be stopping by your state? Or just interested to see how the rest of the FFA world works when it comes time for state conventions?

We’ve got you covered. Check out this list of state conventions from across the nation for all of the info. Have you already been to your state convention? Let us know how it went in the comments — or just send us your favorite selfie via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

 

Date — State — Visiting National Officer/Past National Officer

Feb 19-20 — Hawaii — Past National Officer
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March 24-26 — Massachusetts — Steven Brockshus
March 5-7 — Michigan — Jackson Harris
March 13-15 — Utah — Mitch Baker
March 18-21 — Nevada — Jackson Harris
March 21-24 — Oregon — Jason Wetzler
March 23-26 — Tennessee — Mitch Baker
March 26-27 — Delaware — Wes Davis
March 26-29 — Montana — Jason Wetzler

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