A Part of History: Inside the Smithsonian FFA Jacket Donation

The blue jacket.

Since 1933, when the first jacket was worn to a national FFA convention, the piece of clothing has evoked many emotions. It is a tradition that evokes great pride and emotion. In 2015, that jacket, that sense of pride, will be shared with others who visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as part of the American Enterprise exhibit. Continue reading

Kentucky couple’s generosity to give gift of blue for years to come

To kick off 2014 National FFA Week, Kentucky businessman Don Ball shares details about a new $500,000 endowment that he and wife Mira recently established for the National FFA Organization with National FFA officers Mitch Baker of Tennessee (left) and Steven Brockshus of Iowa at Ball’s home in Lexington, Ky.

To kick off 2014 National FFA Week, Kentucky businessman Don Ball shares details about a new $500,000 endowment that he and wife Mira recently established for the National FFA Organization with National FFA officers Mitch Baker of Tennessee (left) and Steven Brockshus of Iowa at Ball’s home in Lexington, Ky.
(Photo by Wales Hunter/National FFA Organization)

Thanks to the generosity of a philanthropy-focused Kentucky couple, deserving FFA members will be getting a gift of blue for years to come.

Don and Mira Ball, who co-founded Lexington, Ky.-based custom home-building company Ball Homes more than 50 years ago, kicked off 2014 National FFA Week by inviting some National FFA and Kentucky FFA officers to their home and share details about an endowment they created to support the National FFA Organization’s Give the Gift of Blue campaign. Continue reading

FFA Launches Give the Gift of Blue

As the National FFA Organization celebrates 80 years of the Official FFA Jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of your American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to … but because they cannot afford to.

To meet this need, we need generous gifts from supporters like you! When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.

With generous gifts, the National FFA Organization is able to gift jackets to members who would not otherwise be able to own their own jacket. As we celebrate 80 years of the official jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of your American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it.

Let’s share the gift. Give the gift of blue.

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Once Blue, Forever Blue: The Official FFA Jacket

 

FFA Jacket Celebrates a MilestoneIt’s the most recognizable symbol of the National FFA Organization, and if you ask FFA members past and present about their feelings for the FFA jacket, they’ll bubble over with pride when they talk about what the jacket has meant to them.

Take, for example, Derek Schmidt of the Peabody-Burns FFA Chapter in Kansas.

“If my FFA jacket could speak, it would go on for days,” he explains. “The jacket and I have been through a lot. It was there to help me step up and stand out throughout high school. I was always the shy kid who just went with the flow, until my first year as an FFA member…”

Continue reading Once Blue, Forever Blue.

The Fall 2013 FFA New Horizons Magazine is Here!

aug_21_NH_coverThe Fall 2013 edition of FFA New Horizons, the official magazine of the National FFA Organization, is ready! Print editions are en route, and the digital edition is ready for you to check out here and on the New Horizons app! (You’ve downloaded the New Horizons app, right? Right?!)

We’re celebrating an important milestone this year in FFA: The 80th anniversary of the Official FFA Jacket! The most recognizable symbol of FFA, the Official FFA Jacket has been a source of pride for millions of FFA members. In FFA New Horizons, you’ll find a great feature story detailing the history of FFA and the iconic blue corduroy, plus plenty about what it means today. Be sure to check it out!

However, we must warn you: That’s only the beginning! Continue reading