Perspectives: Global Knowledge and Career Success

USDA Photo Courtesy of U.S. Wheat Associates

by Laura Johnson, Idaho Department of Agriculture

Global awareness has never been more important in agriculture than it is today. U.S. agriculture is dependent upon markets around the world for growth. Ninety-six percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s wealth are outside the United States. Middle-class populations are expanding rapidly in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and other parts of the world compared to the domestic, more mature U.S. market. Continue reading

Enhancing Diversity in Agricultural Education

Originally started in San Antonio, Texas the FFA Enhancing Diversity project now focuses on three schools in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

The grants given through the project provide resources that will enhance student performance, teacher participation, teacher training and improve the quality of agricultural education programs.

In this video, teachers and students from Macon County High School talk about how the project has made a difference for them and their school.

The FFA Enhancing Diversity project is sponsored by Toyota.

Bright lights, big city.

The leadership committee of the Ponchatoula FFA in Louisiana wanted to help members develop skills to further increase their personal success, so Ponchatoula FFA set out on a journey to Chicago, Ill., where they visited the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences.

Twelve FFA members, three alumni members and one advisor worked on securing the funds for the weeklong trip to Chicago. The FFA members visited the high school, toured Chicago, walked along the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Pier, and visited the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Ponchatoula FFA members participated in a day of leadership-building activities with FFA members from the Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, and the students learned about cultural differences as they developed close relationships while working as teammates.

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