Presidential Scholars Program Expands to Include Career and Technical Education

As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

“We are extremely honored by this decision,” National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown said. “This action elevates the value and importance of career and technical education where agricultural education plays a key role.” Continue reading

Arkansas FFA Chapter Raises Agricultural Awareness


Every month, FFA chapters across the nation are doing their part to fight hunger. And every month, we’re honored to celebrate them.

This month’s recognition goes to Arkansas’ Elkins FFA Chapter. Members of the chapter in the northwest corner of the state helped to donate the equivalent of 1,306 meals as part of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

Present a Workshop at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo

Are you great with flip charts and ah-ha moments? Read on!

We are selecting presenters to deliver workshops at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. Workshop presenters will present at least one workshop that they write themselves. The workshop objectives will be cross-walked to the National FFA Organization’s precepts for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Continue reading

FFA Board Makes Decision Concerning Future National Convention Host

As you may remember, in 2008 it was announced that the National FFA Convention & Expo would move to Louisville for 2013-2015 and then back to Indianapolis for 2016-2018. The contract then held an option for Louisville to host the following three years, upon review of the requirements for the event. Continue reading

2015 National FFA Scholarship Recipients Announced

scholarships_fb The National FFA Organization and Foundation has announced more than $2.7 million in scholarships awarded to 2,152 recipients – made possible thanks to the generosity of 127 sponsors.

More than 7,000 students applied for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple scholarships. They were able to apply for the scholarships online, and approximately one of every three who applied was awarded a scholarship. The scholarships available ranged for either two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs. The average recipient had a GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 15 percent of their class. Continue reading

Go Inside the CSX Exhibit at the National FFA Convention & Expo

Now this is cool.

CSX exhibited at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo last fall with a huge booth that took FFA members through every step of transporting agricultural goods in the U.S. From trains to trucks, the interactive setup showed FFA members how the whole process works — and what types of careers make the important journey possible.

Oh, and FFA members who completed the tour had a nice reward: some popcorn and chicken nuggets!

Be on the lookout this fall for CSX (a proud platinum-level FFA sponsor) at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo!

Proceedings: 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

Did you attend the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo last fall in Louisville? Maybe you watched it online? Now you can live it again.

The proceedings of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo – a publication created each year to document what happened, who spoke, who won and just about everything else from the huge gathering of FFA members – is now available. Continue reading

Iowa FFA member celebrated at White House Science Fair

A member of the National FFA Organization is being celebrated today at a White House event for students who excel in science.

Eric Koehlmoos, 18, of Iowa, is a member of the South O’Brien FFA Chapter in Paulina, Iowa. He was invited to the 2015 White House Science Fair that celebrates the accomplishments of student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions throughout the United States. Continue reading

Perspectives: Global Knowledge and Career Success

USDA Photo Courtesy of U.S. Wheat Associates

by Laura Johnson, Idaho Department of Agriculture

Global awareness has never been more important in agriculture than it is today. U.S. agriculture is dependent upon markets around the world for growth. Ninety-six percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s wealth are outside the United States. Middle-class populations are expanding rapidly in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and other parts of the world compared to the domestic, more mature U.S. market. Continue reading