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

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

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

FFA Chapters in Nebraska, Oregon Collect Food for Those in Need

FFA members in 2015 have made a commitment to donating 2.5 million meals to those in need across the country, and two chapters in Nebraska and Oregon have been recognized for their efforts through the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

Spend with a Purpose: Support FFA on #GivingTuesday

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the days that immediately follow Thanksgiving are some of the biggest days of the year for gift-buying and deal shopping. But did you know there’s a day after all the spending and all of the shopping to do something larger – give back?

#GivingTuesday – in 2014, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 2 – started as a simple idea and has become a global day for people to come together to give something more to charities, families, businesses, community centers and students. It’s the global day of giving back. Continue reading

Help Locate These 2014 Unclaimed FFA Scholarship Recipients

The 2015 application for the National FFA Organization Scholarship Program is now available, but we’re still trying to get in touch with a few FFA members who haven’t claimed their educational assistance from 2014. Can you help?

Check out the list below — as of this writing more than 60 scholarships worth nearly $70,000 are unclaimed — and see if you know any of the FFA members listed. If you do, let them know that they need to contact FFA! Continue reading

Six Elected as 2014-15 National FFA Officer Team

Students from Georgia, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Mexico have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2014-15 National FFA Officer team. Continue reading

National FFA President Brian Walsh: FFA Members Have a Story to Tell

By Abbey Nickel

Of all the stories FFA members heard during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, 2013-2014 National FFA President Brian Walsh reminded them during his retiring address of what he believes is the most important story of all: Their own story.

Walsh told the crowd that because he didn’t believe he had an extraordinary story to tell, he couldn’t be a success or an inspiration to others – but he realized that your story doesn’t have to be unusual in order to be a success.

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