National FFA Week is Approaching!

Melissa Sandfort

The National FFA Organization will celebrate National FFA Week Feb. 19-26, 2011. Infinite Potential is the theme this year and members are encouraged to envision, discover and achieve their potential within their communities. The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated by the organization as National FFA Week in 1947. “George Washington made a lot of contributions to agriculture and …


National FFA Prepares for New Century Farmer Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

The National FFA Organization is now accepting applications for its 2011 New Century Farmer conference to be held July 24-30 in Johnston, Iowa. The exclusive, highly competitive conference is open to college of agriculture students who intend to pursue careers in production agriculture after college. Those selected to attend the conference will be among the first in the nation to …

Education, FFA

Georgia FFA Helps Out with AG CONNECT

Cindy Zimmerman

Georgia FFA officers from around the state are helping out with AG CONNECT Expo this year. I spoke with Josh Daniel, State Vice President from Oconee County, and Beth Hickey, State Vice President Stephens County, about their involvement in the expo. “We’re helping with some of the educational breakout sessions and with some of the other educational opportunities and tours …

AEM, Audio, FFA

FFA Convention Sets Record and Honors Advisor

Cindy Zimmerman

The 83rd National FFA Convention, which concluded over the weekend in Indianapolis, set an all-time event attendance record with a total crowd of 54,942 members, advisors, sponsors and guests. The new slate of young leaders for the organization are pictured here, left to right: Riley Pagett of Oklahoma, president; Landan Schaffert of Colorado, secretary; Shannon Norris of New Mexico, western …


USDA/FFA Lesson Plans

Chuck Zimmerman

The USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service and FFA are teaming up to develop new tools for classrooms to “help promote agricultural and statistical literacy among kindergarten through 12th-grade students.” “By including these materials in the classroom curriculum, teachers can help students better understand statistics and their importance to the farming community, rural America and society as a whole,” said Dr. …

Education, FFA, USDA

FFA Reconnects With Members During AG CONNECT

Joanna Schroeder

One of the organizations that I met during the AG CONNECT Expo is the National FFA Organization. FFA was founded in 1928 and today has more than 7,400 chapters in all 50 U.S. states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization’s mission is agricultural education for kids in junior high and high school. I sat down with Phyllis …

Audio, FFA

FFA On Rose Bowl Parade With RFD-TV

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s Samantha Warner, 19, Archie, MO, putting the last rose on the RFD-TV float before the 2010 Rose Parade. Warner, Missouri FFA President will walk beside the float, which honors the association for its work guiding students toward careers in agriculture. On the morning of January 1, 2010, the National FFA Organization will make contact with an estimated 42 million …

Ag Groups, FFA

Ethanol Education for FFA Members

Cindy Zimmerman

National FFA members will be getting an education in the growing field of renewable fuels, thanks to a new partnership. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) are partnering with teachers and the National FFA Organization to provide tens of thousands of high school students information about the opportunities available to them in the field of …

Education, Ethanol, FFA, RFA

National FFA Rotating Louisville and Indianapolis

Chuck Zimmerman

The FFA is going to be roaming up and down the Hoosier state for a while. he National FFA Organization announced today that its annual convention will rotate between Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis, Ind., for the foreseeable future. Starting in 2013, Louisville will share hosting duties with Indianapolis on a three-year rotational basis. Louisville will host the convention 2013 through …


FFA Multimedia Maniacs

Chuck Zimmerman

I know it seems like Cindy or I are at just about every ag event out there but we just can’t make them all. One of the ones I’d love to cover though is the FFA Convention. However, these kids are doing a great job online by themselves. I know there are some of you “old-timers” who are still scratching …

FFA, Video