Presidential Scholars Program Expands to Include Career and Technical Education

As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

“We are extremely honored by this decision,” National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown said. “This action elevates the value and importance of career and technical education where agricultural education plays a key role.” Continue reading

Arkansas FFA Chapter Raises Agricultural Awareness


Every month, FFA chapters across the nation are doing their part to fight hunger. And every month, we’re honored to celebrate them.

This month’s recognition goes to Arkansas’ Elkins FFA Chapter. Members of the chapter in the northwest corner of the state helped to donate the equivalent of 1,306 meals as part of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

Present a Workshop at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo

Are you great with flip charts and ah-ha moments? Read on!

We are selecting presenters to deliver workshops at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. Workshop presenters will present at least one workshop that they write themselves. The workshop objectives will be cross-walked to the National FFA Organization’s precepts for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Continue reading

2015 National FFA Scholarship Recipients Announced

scholarships_fb The National FFA Organization and Foundation has announced more than $2.7 million in scholarships awarded to 2,152 recipients – made possible thanks to the generosity of 127 sponsors.

More than 7,000 students applied for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple scholarships. They were able to apply for the scholarships online, and approximately one of every three who applied was awarded a scholarship. The scholarships available ranged for either two-year or four-year degrees or vocational programs. The average recipient had a GPA of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and were in the top 15 percent of their class. Continue reading

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

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

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