Day By Day: 2014 FFA Costa Rica Travel Seminar

The Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar empowers FFA leaders by providing them with a global perspective. Through this experience, participants gain knowledge by visiting farms and agribusinesses. This travel seminar is available to proficiency finalists and star finalists.

Day 1 – Friday, June 13

A three hour flight from Miami to Costa Rica took 63 national FFA Proficiency Stars and finalist, accompanied by advisors and national staff, to the start of their Costa Rican adventure.

After a dash through customs and to two charter buses, the group was headed toward InBioparque, an ecological park created by Costa Rica’s institute of biodiversity. Every member of the group enjoyed an ethnic Costa Rican lunch, fruit fresher than ever, plus some rice and beans. Once finished with lunch members were briefed on Costa Rica’s unique environment. Members then had the chance to explore the four different forest types found in Costa Rica, encountering a number of animal species native to the tropics. Continue reading

How to be confident in an interview

Confidence is the key to a good interview.

Editor’s note: Steven Brockshus is the National FFA Central Region Vice President from Sibley, Iowa.

Written by Steven Brockshus

Let’s face it, interviews can be nerve-wracking. You walk into a room of random people, answer some questions and they get to know you a whole lot better than you get to know them.

While you might feel like a nervous wreck on the inside, it’s important to show confidence on the outside. Check out these few tips to not only look confident in the interview room, but be confident as well. Continue reading

Upcoming: FFA website unavailable July 1-7

The National FFA Organization is in the midst of incredible improvements to the organization’s information technology infrastructure. The results will be impressive, including completely refreshed versions of both the FFA and Shop FFA websites, substantial cost savings, increased capability of FFA staff and improved capabilities for backing up and recovering data hugely important to the organization’s success.

It’s all very exciting as the steps will help FFA serve its membership even better in the future.

But before we can get there, we have a to-do list that includes some major inconveniences for all users of FFA.org and AgCN: From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, 2014 until Monday, July 7, FFA.org is scheduled to be completely unavailable.

The outage is a tough one, but it is incredibly important. As a result, access to the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN), all award applications, membership rosters and other state and advisor membership tools will unavailable for the duration of the outage. 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