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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