Making mentorship fun.

Mentorship is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. Hendersonville FFA in Tennessee took this truth to heart when it launched the Passing Literacy Onward (PLOW) program. The goal of the program was to make reading interesting, educational and fun for elementary school children.

Hendersonville FFA engaged more than 250 school children in the PLOW program using agriculture-themed books, farm themed puppets and a puppet show written by FFA members. FFA member Kelly

Thompson designed and sewed the puppets as part of her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project for the year.

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Building better bodies.

North-Linn FFA in Troy Hills, Iowa, launched the “Bod Squad” in an effort to help members develop better fitness habits. As part of the program, members would keep track of their physical activity during a 100-day competition.

Participants stated their initial physical goals and logged their activity weekly on a wall chart at school so they could calculate their accomplishments and see if they were meeting the goals. Members who tallied more than 150 hours, lowered their resting heart rate/blood pressure readings and met their physical goals were awarded an FFA wellness T-shirt from the membership development committee.

Forty-five FFA members participated in the Bod Squad, and all of them surpassed the goal of 150 hours of activity, averaging 236.6 hours of activity. In total, 10,410 hours of activity were recorded – no small feat.

Thirty-four participants improved their blood pressure readings and reduced their heart rates, learning a valuable lesson about staying active while enjoying a little friendly competition with their fellow FFA members.

North Linn FFA was a finalist in the 2010 National Chapter Models of Innovation Award program in the area of Student Development.

It’s National Peanut Butter Day!

Americans seriously love their peanut butter. That would explain why they spend $ 800 million a year on it, and why  the tasty treat has it’s own national holiday.

In honor of National Peanut Butter day, enjoy these peanut facts from the National Peanut Board. And, before you take another bite of that PB and J, thank a peanut farmer!

Ag Students, take heart. Your degrees aren’t useless.

An article recently posted on Yahoo! Education website is causing quite a stir within the Ag community.

The article, entitled “College Majors That Are Useless,” claims that the number one most useless degree is Agriculture. (Animal Science and Horticulture are listed as the number four and number five.)

The author of this article, Terence Loose, makes it pretty clear that he has a narrow view of the types of jobs available to a person with and Agriculture degree:

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Florida FFA officers host U.S. officials’ press conference

Florida FFA officers with Secretary Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Ken Ashe

On Wednesday morning, several Florida FFA state officers joined Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior Ken Salazar, Director of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson for a press conference at the FFA Center in Haines City, Florida.

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Indiana resident wins CONNECT! campaign grand prize


Congratulations goes out to Lei Gunthorp of LaGrange, Ind., who won the grand prize in the National FFA Foundation’s CONNECT! promotional campaign. Gunthorp selected a Yamaha Grizzly 300 Automatic ATV package with accessories. The grand prize was donated to FFA by Yamaha.

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Shall we dance?

Spencer County FFA worked closely with the dance team, encouraging the community to come out and see how fun and beneficial dancing can be.


 Spencer County FFA in Taylorsville, Ky., proved that it’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll when it held its second annual “Dancing with the Stars” event inside the school gymnasium on April 2, 2010.

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ILSSO – Back in the States!

Greetings from American soil! The 2012 ILSSO group has arrived in San Francisco. The last few days have been a whirlwind of excitement. We found ourselves in the city of Suzhou which is appropriately named “the Venice of the east” due to the canal system that winds its way through the city. We got to experience the canal as we took a boat ride through the city, neighboring up to houses with steps leading to the water where residents once purchased market goods off boats from their back door. Today, residents of the city enjoy goods from a market place in the village which we had the chance to explore.

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ILSSO – Shanghai and Suzhou

Today started out as a very early morning! With a a wake up call at 5:30 am, we sprung out of bed ready to board our flight to Shanghai. China’s airport security was some what different than America’s TSA; with efficient passage yet a very simplistic search routine. After our two hour flight we arrived at the Shanghai airport. We then collected our luggage and proceeded to partake in China’s version of “fast food.” Upon refueling it was time to load the buses and head to Suzhou; along the route we were able to see China’s maglev railway system which is capable of moving 430 km per hour or 257 mph.

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ILSSO – Visiting Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University and a dairy farm

Our day began by visiting with students at the Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University. Conversing with the students gave us a true insight to what it is like to be a college age student studying agriculture in China. We learned that only 20% of students in China have the opportunity to attend a university in China. Northwest A &F University offers over 100 majors with the largest being agronomy. The students led us on a tour of some of their beautiful greenhouses, and we enjoyed a lunch featuring local cuisine.  McKehna of the Nebraska Association stated, “I was greatly surprised by the relationships the students want to build with us as Americans not just on a business level but a personal level too.”

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