U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Speaks at 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

By Michael Lotspeich

On Thursday morning, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack greeted FFA members at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. Vilsack, an Iowa native, spoke during Session 1C of the nation’s largest youth gathering.

Vilsack conferred the three major challenges facing agriculture today — the aging nature of farmers, diversity in agricultural leadership and the rapidly changing global climate. Continue reading

I Didn’t Know That Was Agriculture? National FFA Agriscience Fair Showcases Agriculture Careers

By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – The National FFA Organization recognizes agriculture is more than just the farm. Agriculture influences nearly every profession from the classroom to the farm, science lab to the grocery store. Continue reading

Collegiate FFA: Life After the Blue Jacket

By Kendall Herren

LOUISVILLE – Graduating from high school and finishing your FFA career can seem very daunting, but really, there are opportunities with the blue jacket even after you hang it up, including Collegiate FFA.

Collegiate FFA is an organization that offers a wide variety of support in leadership development, as well as getting more involved in the industry. The organization offers two different programs, one being the Ag Ambassadors program. Continue reading

At Convention, It’s an FFA Halloween Party

By Cassie Olson

LOUISVILLE — While thousands nationwide dress up to trick-or-treat, thousands of members of the National FFA Organization are dressed up in the blue corduroy. Although not the traditional Halloween celebration, those attending the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo are enjoying a Halloween party of their own! Continue reading

Jeff Simmons Challenges FFA Members to Break the Cycle of Hunger

By Michael Lotspeich

LOUISVILLE –”The one great equalizer of the human race, the one thing we all hold in common, is food,” Jeff Simmons remarked Friday morning at the Fourth General Session—“Serve All Out!” Continue reading

Love Ag? Teach Ag!

By Cassie Olson

LOUISVILLE — Want to share your passion for agriculture for the rest of your life? How about travel, not just within your own state, but nationally and internationally, as well? Agricultural educators never have the same day twice, and that is something the 2014-2015 National Teach Ag Ambassadors are happy to tell you about. Continue reading

#myAGstory: Donnie Smith tells FFA members to share their story of agriculture

By Kendall Herren

LOUISVILLE – Telling our ag story; that is the message of Tyson Inc. President and CEO Donnie Smith. His mission is to inspire FFA members to tell their agriculture story and build consumer support. Continue reading