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

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