73 FFA members participate in World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

The World Food Prize hosted 160 extraordinary high school students from 24 US states and territories, as well as Canada, China, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco, and Nigeria as delegates at the 20th Anniversary Global Youth Institute, Oct. 16-18, in Des Moines, Iowa — and 73 of them are FFA members.

The Global Youth Institute was started by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Norman Borlaug, and is known as one of the most unique and successful youth programs in the country. Continue reading

Ohio FFA Members Raise Chickens to Support Local Abuse Shelter

FFA member Eliza Hershberger makes a donation of fresh chicken to the Family Abuse Shelter’s Grant Coordinator Fawnda Cress.

The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County (Ohio) provides 24/7 support to those in the community suffering from abuse and homelessness. To perform its mission, the shelter requires assistance at every turn to help the community members. It operates solely on grants and donations.

FFA members at the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in Troy, Ohio, made helping the shelter a priority in a way they are uniquely qualified — by growing food that could be donated as part of the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Continue reading

May Hunger Heroes Challenge Winner: Verdugo Hills FFA


It’s time to announce the May winner of the monthly FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge!

This month’s winner is California’s Verdugo Hills FFA Chapter. Recently, FFA members from Verdugo involved thirty volunteers to quickly generate and donate 372 meals during the month.

Verdugo Hills sponsored a local food bank with 15 boxes of donated canned goods. Chapter members also earned donations and used those donations along with crops they grew to make hot breakfasts to feed local residents in need on the third Thursday of each month. Each week, they averaged 25-30 hot meals prepared and are working toward a goal of 50 meals per month. Continue reading

Please join our “Feeding the World – Starting at Home” initiative

Hunger effects everyone.

It causes suffering, creates conflict and prevents us from moving forward.

As future agricultural leaders, we are uniquely positioned to make a difference and make hunger a thing of the past.

Please watch this video, to learn more about how you can help end hunger with FFA:

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FFA chapter’s Community Calf Project will feed the hungry


Agriculture students and FFA members at Hanover Southwestern High School in Indiana will soon provide ground beef for member of their community who are struggling to put food on the table.

The students and their advisor stopped by The National FFA Center today to share some details of their Community Calf Project which was funded in part by an FFA: Food for All grant.

According to the Madison Courier, the students will raise and care for calves until the animals reach maturity and can be taken to a processor. Once the animals are slaughtered, the meat will be given to the Gleaners Food Bank at Southwestern.

Agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Greg Schneider said the need for such a program exists in their community. At Southwestern, 54 percent of the student body is on free and reduced lunches.

“I really think we’ve got a great thing in the works,” he said, adding that he has not heard of any school with a similar program. “I think this really has the opportunity of being a pilot program that other communities can incorporate.”

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Florida FFA chapter works toward sustainability, hunger relief

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Fort White High School in Florida was recently featured by their local news station, WCJB-TV in Gainesville, because of their unique agriculture curriculum.

FFA members there cultivate Talapia in an aquaponics lab at their school. The fish, in turn, fertilize plants, thus creating an economical and sustainable food system.

11th grader Tiffany Murrow explains it this way:

“You have protein and vegetables all in one space, and you are not using a lot of resources or water so you can produce a lot in a little space. It’s all right here.”

Once they harvest the Tilapia, they donate them to the needy in their community.

The project is funded, in part, by an FFA: Food for All grant awarded to them by National FFA last year. They also receive support from research professors at the University of Florida.

Check out the full story with video on the WCJB-TV website.


Looking for a great FFA Week chapter activity? Contact your local Tractor Supply Co. store and ask about their Can-Do! Chapter Design Contest.

It’s a great chance for you to get creative, connect with the community and fight hunger!

Rules and information are available here: https://www.ffa.org/documents/ffaweek_can_do.pdf


Get out there, and get your “Out Here” cookbook

out hereThis fabulous Out Here Cookbook is now available in Tractor Supply Co. stores nationwide. It’s full of great family recipes submitted by readers of their Out Here magazine.

Proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will benefit the National FFA Organization’s Feeding the World-Starting at Home initiative to fight global hunger. The cookbook costs $4.99, and $1.99 of each sale goes to FFA! (Maximum donation is $50,000.)

So get out there to your local Tractor Supply Store and pick up your copy today!


Sample recipe: Autumn Gold Pumpkin Cake

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New York FFA urges you to help fight hunger

In this eye-opening video, New York FFA officers, explain how people can become food insecure in the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Sandy, challenge commonly-held beliefs about hunger, and tell you how you can help.