Vote FFA in Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

Video is a stirring communication tool, and it’s one that the Boston College Center for Corportate Citizenship wants to recognize as a way to show the difference people can make around them. National FFA Foundation platinum sponsor CSX took that challenge to heart and produced a beautiful video featuring FFA members making a difference at last fall’s 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.

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Now, CSX is hoping to spread the message of FFA members playing a pivotal role in supporting National Safe Place (with the assistance of City Year and Dignity U Wear) in the BCCCC Film Festival. You can help by voting for the video now: www.bcccc.net/FilmFestival2014

Voting ends February 7.

The project, held as part of National Days of Service at the 2013 convention, was not an easy one for the FFA volunteers. Continue reading

Free Download: 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Ignite Theme Song

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If you either attended the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo or watched it on TV/online, you probably found yourself humming a familiar “Oh, ohohoh!” in the days that followed thanks to the official theme song of the 86th National FFA Convention.

Now, you can download that song and share it with everyone. Use it in your FFA chapter, at a conference, at a convention or at home!

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(Right click and use “Save target as” or “Save link as”)

Or, if you just want to stream the song on your computer, watch this YouTube video: Continue reading

FFA Alumni Awards Three Outstanding Achievement Awards at 86th National FFA Convention & Expo

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Three individuals who have dedicated years to increasing awareness and support of agricultural education and FFA while building FFA alumni programs at local, state and national levels were honored at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.

The National FFA Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award honors individuals each year who work to promote, serve and support agricultural education and FFA. Recipients volunteer their time and talents to encourage people at the local, state and national levels to get involved with FFA alumni efforts and activities.

Jim East of Georgia, Sherry Kiel of Michigan and James Grasee of Wisconsin were this year’s award winners. Continue reading

Virgin Islands FFA Members Attend National FFA Convention & Expo

FFA members from the Virgin Islands attend the National FFA Convention & Expo for the first time in 15 years.

FFA members from the Virgin Islands attend the National FFA Convention & Expo for the first time in 15 years.

By Lauren Schwab, National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Reporter

For the first time in 15 years, FFA members from the U.S. Virgin Islands showed their blue jackets at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Dr. Eddie Williams, Virgin Islands FFA advisor, organized the trip to Louisville, Ky., for 40 students and 10 adults.

“The Virgin Islands FFA was strong at one time. We have not been able to be strong participants because for our students to travel, they have to fly,” Williams said. “We have not been able to attend national convention because we have not had the finances to do so.” Continue reading

Katie Pratt Tells FFA Members to Lead in Agricultural Advocacy

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By Caroline Weihl, National FA Convention & Expo Newsroom Reporter

“Be the spark” were the words left lingering in the minds of the audience members. This challenge was placed upon them by a fellow FFA alumna and agriculture advocate. It is up to them to share their stories, just as she shared hers.

American farmer Katie Pratt dared the FFA members at the third general session of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo to be on the cutting edge of food and agriculture dialogues because of their advantage in education and experience.

“I think FFA members have a real unique opportunity to share what they learn in the classroom setting with their community,” Pratt said. “FFA members are going to be on the forefront of communicating with their peers about what agriculture is.” Continue reading