FFA in Costa Rica: Days 5-7

The Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar empowers FFA leaders by providing them with a global perspective. Through this experience, participants from across the country gain knowledge by visiting farms and agribusinesses. Participants eligible include all American Star Award finalists and one national finalist from each proficiency area. The 2013 experience takes attendees throughout Costa Rica from June 12-20. Each day, different participants report back home with a blog post about their experiences.

Day Five

The FFA members in Costa Rica continue to enjoy themselves on this amazing excursion and seminar to one of the world’s most beautiful countries. If you didn’t read Days 1-4, make sure you do!

On Monday, after staying in the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel in San Ramon, the group traveled to Quepos via motor coach. The half-day journey took them along the Pacific coast and through a stop at the African palm fields in Palma Tica. Upon arrival in Quepos, the FFA members checked into their scenic hotel perched high above the Pacfiic coast line.

This morning we traveled throughout the beautiful country of Costa Rica from the Alejuela province to the Pacific Coast. Immediately we noticed the drastic increase in both temperature and humidity. We traveled from the pleasant climate of the cloud forest to the humid, hot climate of the lower levels of Costa Rica.

Along our journey we stopped for ice cream and souvenirs and had lunch while watching crocodiles from a nearby bridge. The river with the crocodiles is a world renowned river protected by the Costa Rican government.

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FFA Fill In 6/12/13: State Conventions, LTS Grant Deadline & More

Welcome to the very first edition of the FFA Fill In! The plan says this will become a regular and weekly post on the National FFA Organization Blog that accomplishes several goals. We hope to make this is a solid, reliable source for FFA news, FFA program deadlines, cool stories from the 7,498 FFA chapters nationwide, interesting notes and news about agriculture everywhere and anything else deemed fit! Most importantly, we’re going to take a laid back, easy-going approach to this and have some fun along the way. You’ll even have a chance to win some cool things along the way!

We hope you’ll join us each week as we get this ironed out, and maybe share it with a friend or two. Hopefully, it’ll be a great way for anyone tied to FFA and agriculture education to keep up with our fun national blue and corn gold world. Thanks for reading!

Conventions, conventions, conventions!

Boy, what a week it’s been for FFA in several states! The state convention season is starting to wind down, but it’s not going away with a whimper. This week Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin all hosted their annual state gatherings featuring state finals in career development events, tremendous leadership workshops, delegate sessions, awesome keynote speakers and—in Wisconsin—one confetti-loving owl.

The National FFA Officer Team made it to each state hosting a convention this week. The lineup: Continue reading

It’s time to shine!


Each year at the National FFA Convention, FFA members from across the nation astound us with a smorgasbord of talents. They are talented as leaders, as advocates and caretakers, as scientists, as farmers and as teachers.

Some of them can even sing and dance!

If you’re an FFA member who loves to sing, perform and/or play an instrument, apply for National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent! You’ll have a blast, make tons of lifelong friends, all while doing something you love.

You can find more information on the requirements and how to apply here.

Also, we are very excited to announce a new competitive portion of our program. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to compete for the title of 2013 National FFA Talent winner! Check the blog again tomorrow for more details…

Top Ten Reasons to Join FFA


1. swAGriculture!
2. When we meet. We eat.
3. “I am in FFA” makes a great pick up line.
4. Never have to worry about what to wear.
5. We can eat our projects.
6. Doesn’t matter if your truck is dirty!
8. Where else does money grow on trees?
9. Learning and growing outside the classroom.
10. FFA Advisors…too legit to quit!

Like these? We have them on a t-shirt! You can Buy it at www.ffa.org/shop.

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