Florida FFA Chapter Earns Hunger Heroes Recognition

For the second time, a Florida FFA chapter has earned a national accolade for its efforts in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge.

Cedar Key FFA was selected as the January winner of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge for its most recent effort that involved more than 24 people donating 44 hours to deliver turnips to a local food pantry. The efforts were worth a staggering 3,175 meals to the pantry. Continue reading

Introducing the Refreshed FFA Emblem

A prevailing truth about human nature is that change can be tough. That’s especially true when it comes to iconic imagery that inspires pride, reflection, motivation and plenty more inside millions of people.

The FFA emblem is all of those things. It’s a mark that has stood the test of time, a familiar friend that  takes us to our roots and stands for our pursuit of premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions: Refreshed FFA Emblem

On Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, we launched a totally new FFA.org. As part of the process to improve the FFA web presence, functionality and overall brand, we also refreshed the iconic FFA emblem. Why did we take on such a project? Read below:

What’s the history of the most recent FFA emblem?

The FFA emblem was last revised in 1989 when national convention delegates changed “Vocational Agriculture” to “Agricultural Education” within the emblem. Continue reading

How the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Changed My Classroom

by Kellie Michaud, Agriculture Educator, Smyrna (Dela.) High School

I attended the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy in July of 2008 and 2009. Encouraged by Dr. Karen Hutchison to attend, I can honestly say the program changed the way I teach. Continue reading

Now a Veterinarian, FFA Alumni Member Promotes STEM Skills

Maryland FFA Alumni president Brooke Ridinger meets with an FFA member.

Brooke Ridinger was an FFA member of Maryland’s Catoctin FFA and still bleeds the blue and gold as the president of the Maryland FFA Alumni Association. Today, Ridinger, a veternarian in Thurmont, Maryland, believes in emphasizing the rigor and relevance of agricultural education.

She encourages community members to step up and help out, opening the eyes of members to career possibilities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Continue reading

Agricultural Educators Question for the Profession: How Do You STEM?

Question for the Profession is a monthly feature in the advisor’s edition of FFA Pulse e-newsletter that encourages discussion and idea sharing on the National Association of Agricultural Educators Communities of Practice web site. Subscribe to FFA Pulse now!

STEM (or STEAM if you prefer to add agriculture to the science, technology, engineering, and math mix) is an educational initiative that is not going away. So it begs the question, “How do you STEM?” Continue reading

Perspectives: FFA Made STEM Cool …Before it Was Cool

by Joshua E. Rice, Ph.D

Science, technology, engineering and math are terms that I encounter on a daily basis. Today, STEM is one of the primary focal points of many educational initiatives for both formal and non-formal education settings.

Look around: advertisements advocating for STEM can be seen on billboards and TV commercials throughout the world. One thing I find interesting about the push for more STEM inclusion in education is the fact that STEM has been the backbone of the National FFA Organization for nearly 100 years. Continue reading

The Value of Rigor and Relevance: CASE Q&A with Rebecca Farrow

Read our question-and-answer session with Rebecca Farrow, the agriculture educator at Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee. She teaches using CASE Intro to AFNR, and is also a Dupont Agriscience Teacher Academy alumnus.

FFA: Why does your administration support your agricultural education program?

Farrow: I believe that my administration supports our agricultural education program because we have the same goal: to graduate every student college-ready, career-ready and life-ready. We may be an urban school with non-traditional students, but don’t let the lack of experience in production agriculture fool you. Continue reading

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Offers Turn-Key Rigor and Relevance

Agriculture teachers: are you looking for a turn-key curriculum to increase the rigor and relevance of your program? Check out CASE – Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education.

CASE materials provide a high level of educational experiences to students to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter. Besides elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics and English language understanding. Continue reading

January 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.

  • Agriculture’s Role in STEM Education, an article from the American Farm Bureau outlines efforts to showcase the infusion of STEM throughout today’s industry of agriculture.
  • STEM Resources created and collected by the National Ag in the Classroom team (supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

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