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

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

Iowa FFA member celebrated at White House Science Fair

A member of the National FFA Organization is being celebrated today at a White House event for students who excel in science.

Eric Koehlmoos, 18, of Iowa, is a member of the South O’Brien FFA Chapter in Paulina, Iowa. He was invited to the 2015 White House Science Fair that celebrates the accomplishments of student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions throughout the United States. Continue reading

RFD-TV Announces Special FFA Member Offer for The American

Did someone say rodeo?! All FFA members are invited to be part of a special announcement during RFD-TV’s The American – the world’s richest one-day rodeo – at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Here’s the scoop: Continue reading

Courtesy Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Nikki Jaques, Colorado

Hosting a convention and expo for 64,000+ people is not an everyday event. It takes preparation, teamwork and whole lot of volunteers to make it happen — and FFA members play a big part.

The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our annual convention and expo is a success. Members assist convention and expo and program staff in fulfilling responsibilities in many areas including career development events, proficiency awards, the rodeo and more.

Over the next few months, we’re going to celebrate a few of our helpful Courtesy Corps members. First up? Nikki Jaques from the Flagler FFA Chapter in Colorado. 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 and see if you know any of the FFA members listed. If you do, let them know that they need to contact FFA! Editor’s note: All scholarships have been accounted for in the 2014 cycle. Thank you for your help! Continue reading

Video: Meet the Winners of the 2014 FFA American Star Awards

Sixteen FFA members were nominated as finalists for the 2014 American Star Awards over the summer, and arrived at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo hoping to earn the title of winner in one of four areas.

Those results were announced on Nov. 1 in Louisville, and now you can see exactly what these talented FFA members do to earn such a prestigious award.  Continue reading

Illinois Community Raises Funds, Support for Injured FFA Member Hayden Schaumburg

Hayden Schaumburg is like so many other FFA members. He’s active in his Watseka FFA Chapter as its president, serves his state FFA association and participates in other school activities. This willingness to get involved has made Hayden a well-known member of his Watseka, Ill., community.

And that involvement is why so many are rallying around Hayden as he fights back from a tragic accident. Continue reading