FFA GO: Africa – July 17, 2011

Genocide Memorial

By Teams A and B

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Bonjour mes amis ma!”  This is the French phrase that Juvenal, the office administrator from the Catholic Relief System, taught us today meaning  “Good day, my friends!”     He along with the ministry director, Fortune, and our driver, Dotenez, are not only fine leaders, but they double as teachers of French and Kenyarwandan during our meals here in “The Land of a Thousand Hills.”

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FFA GO: Africa – July 16, 2011

Orientation, Travel and Our First Night in Kigali, Rwanda

By Teams A and B



Greetings from the FFA GO (Global Outreach): Africa Team! We assembled in Detroit, MI for a two day orientation on Thursday and Friday (July 14th-15th) to prepare for our trip to Rwanda to work with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). During this time, the team went through team building activities, cultural awareness training, and learned more about the experiences we would be involved in upon arriving in Rwanda. We also learned the correct way to pronounce Rwanda (Gwan-da).

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Star award finalists announced!

2010 American Star Award WinnerCongratulations to our 2011 American Star Award finalists!

The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients.  Finalists for the award have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.

This year’s Star finalists are…

Will Allen – Planting the Seeds of the Future (via Zak Suhar)

Will Allen provides us with a great real-world example of how agriculture makes a difference!

Will Allen - Planting the Seeds of the Future A humanitarian can be described as a person who seeks to promote human welfare. When thinking of people who fit this definition maybe Mother Teresa or Gandhi come to mind because of their legends. Some people might argue that a profession so simple as a farmer would not meet the humanitarian definition. Will Allen, however, is someone who can change the perspectives of everyone, and has positively affected the well being of many through urban agr … Read More

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The Kudzu Kid

17-year-old Jacob Schindler, an FFA member from Georgia, invented a device that uses helium to slow the rampant growth of kudzu. His invention was recently featured on CNN!


In many southern U.S. states, Kudzu grows at the rate of a foot a day during the summer, and 60 feet each season. If it’s not controlled, it covers and destroys anything in its path. Last year, Jacob participated in the National FFA Agriscience Fair.

You can follow him on Twitter @jthekudzukid.

How our garden grows

This past spring, staff at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Ind. planted our first ever raised-bed vegetable garden. Volunteers worked diligently to build the beds and play tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, onions, carrots and radishes.

And today, we reaped our first (small) harvest!


National FFA Center garden harvest

So far, we have not used any chemicals to treat pests. We have had to deal with some pest damage as a result, but since the garden is small, we’ve been able to keep things mostly under control by picking off the pests by hand.

At first, we used an organic fertilizer for the garden, but we were not seeing good results. We have since switched to a new fertilizer that would not be considered organic. Since applying the new fertilizer, the plants are much healthier and are tolerating the extreme heat and conditions better.

Are you growing your own garden this summer? Got any good gardening tips and tricks for us? Let us know in the comments below!

Want to see more photos of our garden? Check out the National FFA Center garden photo album on our Facebook page.

FFA members selected to help tackle hunger, poverty overseas

Juniors, seniors named 2011 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan international interns

This summer, four FFA members are among a contingent of 18 high school students from seven states who will serve inteWorld Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship Programrnational internships fighting hunger and poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

FFA members Sarah Cox, Sarah Marketon, Ariana Shapiro and Anthony (A.J.) Wendt have been named 2011 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan international interns.

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2011 National FFA Convention concert acts announced!

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton to perform at the 2011 National FFA Convention.

Get ready for a wild night of country! The National FFA Organization presents the 2011 National FFA Convention concert featuring 2011 CMT Music Award winner and 2010 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton (also on NBC’s hit show The Voice), three-time Grammy nominee and 2011 CMT award nominee for Group Video of the Year Little Big Town and 2011 CMT award nominee for Duo Video of the Year Steel Magnolia.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Showtime: 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)
Place: Lucas Oil Stadium
Ticket Price: $40 for premium seats. $30 for regular seats.

Tickets are available only to convention attendees. Convention registration opens mid-August

For more information on convention entertainment and more, visit http://www.ffa.org/convention.