Students use National FFA Week to share value of agricultural education, history of FFA

More than a half-million students in all 50 U.S. states this week will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host community-wide events to help others in need.

It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. Continue reading

What is George Washington’s connection to National FFA Week?

National FFA Week is an annual tradition for members of the blue and gold across the country. It’s a time to celebrate FFA, to tell the story of FFA members and advocate for agriculture. And it always falls in the middle of February.

But why is that? Why isn’t FFA Week in the middle of May?  Why not celebrate National FFA Week during the annual National FFA Convention & Expo?

It all comes down to one (very important) guy: George Washington. Continue reading

Jason Wetzler: In Japan, communicating is connecting

Editor’s note: This blog by Jason Wetzler, 2013-14 National FFA Western Region Vice President, tells a story of his recent time in Japan with the rest of the National FFA Officer Team. It was originally posted on his personal blog, Life’s Secret Missions.

Jason Wetzler FFA member in Japan with host family 2014The door of the Toyota Prius closed, symbolizing my complete detachment from anything familiar in a country halfway across the world. I didn’t realize it then, but I was now a part of the Komatsu family.

For the next two days it was me, my host brother Takuma, his parents and their little dog “Loco”. The short 20 minute drive to my new home felt like two hours as we struggled to get acquainted with each other, blending two distinctly different languages and cultural upbringings. Though the app iVoice helped with some of the translation, explaining things like how to use a bidet on a Japanese toilet without using words simply can’t not be awkward.

At that point, I assumed that communication was going to be challenging, if not nearly impossible. I assumed I would remain a stranger in this families home, that it would be uncomfortable (if not unbearably awkward) and that they would be hospitable. But I in no way thought I would be able to connect with them. To be utterly transparent: I was apprehensive, nervous and merely trying to survive this part of my Japan experience.

And I was especially worried about the meals. Continue reading

Celebrate CTE Superheroes During 2014 CTE Month

2014 CTE Month celebrating

2014 CTE Month

Happy 2014 CTE Month!

Spearheaded by the Association for Career & Technical Education, 2014 CTE Month encourages everyone to explore and learn the amazing accomplishments, achievements and contributions of those in career and technical education. Of course FFA — with our legions of members, former members, instructors and advisors involved in agricultural education — is large part of CTE in the U.S.

CTE celebrates cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant education — agricultural education is just one example — that is designed to prepare youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers. Naturally, we’re proud to be considered one of ACTE’s Career and Technical Student Organizations.

2014 CTE Month is celebrating “CTE Superheroes” and looking to spread stories about those who made a difference in the area. Find more info about that here.

Looking for an easier way to understand and explain what CTE is? You’re in luck, thanks to the this great ACTE infographic:

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