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

More Than Pen Pals

Max Sherman has been in the classroom for 35 years, and a large chunk of that time has been spent preparing his students to be global citizens. He and wife Linda team-teach in Oregon at Tillamook High School, located in a small, rural town of 5,000. The husband and wife team sees the value in global awareness no matter where the kids come from or what their plans are after high school. Continue reading

FFA Q&A: Do You Need Global Awareness to Succeed in Agriculture?

Michael Rouse, the vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs and president of Toyota U.S.A. Foundation, has been with Toyota for 34 years. In 2002 he met with the director of the National FFA Foundation and the National FFA Officers and was impressed by their presence and the statistics and stories they shared. Rouse then became intimately involved in strategies to diversify FFA and has been a key player in the FFA Diversity Project sponsored by Toyota since its inception. Here is a video of some of the great things Rouse and Toyota have supported. We spoke to Rouse to find out why global awareness is so important to students and their future.

FFA:  Why is it important for students to have global experience?

Michael Rouse: Whether they have global experience or not, the globe is coming to America and to them. Continue reading

Idaho FFA Members Gain Global Awareness at World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

Shane Stevenson, an agriculture educator in Meridian, Idaho, is on a mission to bring global awareness to his students and his community. He teaches at Meridian High School, a magnet school fed by five high schools. With a population of 1,600 students, the school has two full-time agriculture educators. Continue reading

Making a Great First Impression: How to Impress Your Employer

by Mark McKown for AgCareers.com

In the world of today’s emerging agribusiness, one thing reigns supreme: impressing future employers and supervisors.

Many job seekers have nervously attended those career fairs looking for their first full-time employment or even an internship to kick-start their experience. Many have anxiously waited for the first day on a job site. The time has come and they really need to make a difference in the eyes of their supervisor so that the employer knows they hired the right employee for the company. But how does one accomplish this task? How can new employees get a leg-up on peers and make that solid first impression to gain the appreciation deserved? Continue reading

March 2015: Agriculture Teacher Resources

A collection of links from around the web curated to help FFA advisors and agricultural educators. This month, we’re focusing on the STEM education initiative.

Global agriculture experience

High school agriculture students can get a taste of global agriculture with the Adventure Spanish School. This is a one week immersion experience designed to immerse teen students in the culture, language and agriculture of Costa Rica. Continue reading

Question for the Profession: How do you bring the world into your classroom?

We get asked all the time for stories about agricultural education students who are engaging in global activities. Companies, government officials and educators want to know how we are preparing our students to be a part of the world’s industry of agriculture. They want to know if our students are going to be up for the challenge of producing, setting policy and partnering with other countries to feed the world. Continue reading