His reign as the 2016-2017 National FFA President is coming to an end, but it’s a year David Townsend will never forget.
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A suburban child’s first experience with agriculture typically happens during fair time. While many populate the fairgrounds for the rides and food, the livestock barn is also a huge attraction, as well as a first glimpse into the world of agriculture for some children with no rural background. As members of FFA, you are not […]
Much has changed and evolved since the FFA (then the Future Farmers of America) launched its first convention in 1928.
As we gear up for the 2017 National FFA Convention next week, let’s take a look at the top five most-read FFA features on AGDAILY.
There may be only one stop left in the Tractor Supply Company’s Mobile Fair Tour, but the road trip has left a big impact.
If you’ve attended a farm show recently and walked by the Titan booth, you’ve no doubt heard bid calling and seen a large crowd gathering … and it’s all in the name of FFA. “Our pool of candidates that want to stay in ag or be in ag gets smaller every year and it’s a […]
The first time Valerie Earley attended the National FFA Convention, she was in ninth grade and competing in Creed Speaking.
What does Muhammad Ali’s daughter, the founder of Not Impossible Labs, and Rascal Flatts have in common … the 2017 National FFA Convention.
Pink pumpkins on your porch show you stand with Blue Valley FFA and many others in the fight against breast cancer.
A key National FFA supporter for more than 40 years, the CHS Foundation has pledged a $3.8 million commitment to the organization, growing its support to a platinum sponsorship level. This investment helps ensure that the National FFA Organization continues to support members as they strive to become a workforce that understands the food and […]
Nearly three dozen candidates vying for one of six places on the National FFA Organization’s officer team have descended upon Tarleton State University campus to take part of an intensive, three-day workshop aimed at preparing them for the rigors of the national officer selection process. Now in its fifth year, the National FFA Officer Preparatory […]
The theme for the 2018 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “How can cooperatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?”
When Greg Breene arrived at Narragansett High School 31 years ago, ag education was a small program included in the science department. There was no FFA.
That vision came true when the Danville School District served burgers from their own FFA-raised beef as part of the Arkansas Farm to School program.
Looking for some new FFA threads? Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, will be selling the 2017 National FFA Convention-themed shirts in stores across the country this fall. This year, the annual fundraiser features the 2017 convention theme “I Can. We Will.” in support of the advancement of agriculture […]
AgGrad was founded in 2015 by Tim Hammerich and Jeremy Turner. Since then, they have been striving to provide a community for young professionals in ag.
When New England’s oldest agricultural family fair opens the gates Sept. 28 in Deerfield, New Hampshire, it only makes sense the Granite State’s FFA students will be out in full force. “It is a long-standing tradition that helps introduce new ag students to the FFA program and gets them excited about membership and all that […]
Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas as a Category 4 storm, causing unprecedented flooding in Texas.
Hannah Persell shoots like a girl. And that’s just fine. The Missouri senior is a four-time place holder in the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships.
One might say the California FFA program has had a rollercoaster of a year so far, but the second largest FFA association in the nation has remain anchored.
For National FFA 2017 New Century Farmer Cheyenne Sieberns of Corydon, Indiana, farming has been part of her life ever since she could walk.
Arizona has been facing a shortage for several years of agriculture teachers that has officials concerned about its lingering impact on the industry that helps feed the nation.
“If you build it, they will come” … but will they? That’s a question an Idaho FFA chapter is considering after the recent purchase of 2.4 acres of land.
This week Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. K. Michael Conaway urged more than 100 state FFA officers to advocate for agriculture.
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said that USDA will partner with National FFA to support youth, and prepare the workforce of tomorrow.
Less than 10 miles down an icy road from Rawlins, Wyoming, a short span of fence forever changed the life of Amberley Snyder on January 10, 2010.
Sixteen standout students from across the United States have been selected as finalists for the National FFA 2017 American Star Awards.
Studying agriculture might not come across at first as something shiny and brand new — especially to city slicker students. That’s why one North Carolina FFA advisor has come up with several out-of-the-box ideas to attract students to the program. “Being an ag teacher is not a 7:30-3:15 job. FFA advisors must offer new and […]
From talking to farmers and interning to taking the right classes, there are many things to know and do before going after an agriculture degree.
When Bryce Cluff zipped up his FFA jacket for the first time he never dreamed it would lead him to becoming the 2017 Arizona National FFA Officer Candidate.
In just 18 short years, the young man has already been an egg farmer, owned a sugaring operation, volunteered firefighting, and actively served Vermont FFA.
BASF has taken an agricultural initiative to help recruit teachers through the National Teach Ag Campaign — a unique project of the National FFA Foundation. The National Teach Ag Campaign raises awareness of the growing need for agriculture teachers, increases recruitment and retention efforts, and helps ensure a more diverse talent pipeline. The campaign is […]
Philadelphia, a city of 1.56 million, offers a unique gem that many might not know about … the Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences.
Amy Loschen knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. But Loschen soon realized her true passion is, and has always been, in agriculture
G&R Farms in Tattnall County, Georgia has partnered with the National FFA to contribute a percentage of sales from its 2017 Vidalia onion crop to enhance educational opportunities for young people who are committed to future farming careers. The new initiative, “Growing America’s Farmers,” was the brainchild of Walt Dasher, a third generation southeast Georgia […]
A Nebraska FFA chapter almost didn’t see their first-year student-run greenhouse come to fruition this spring after discovering their soil was contaminated.
Culver’s awarded money to the winning writers’ FFA chapters to help fund trips to the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28.
A lucky group of 52 national FFA award winners are touring agricultural sites in Ireland this summer and comparing the industries of Ireland and the United States. Participants were selected from the 188 National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Award finalists and the 16 American Star Award national finalists named last October at the 89th National FFA […]
Without you, I never would have found my love for this industry and the pride I have for growing up wearing your colors and living up to the FFA creed.
The Tractor Supply Company’s Mobile Fair Tour is gearing up to visit 19 fairs across the country and recognize 80 FFA and 4-H youth along the way.
School may be out for the summer, but this Bangor FFA student isn’t hanging up his shovel and spade. In fact, he’s digging right into his freshman year.
What started as a feeder pig venture for Clarke County ag education and FFA students has morphed into a complete farrow to finish project at Clermont Farm.
Before Adrian Schunk’s first day of ag education, the Michigan FFA President had never given a speech nor considered a topic such as fear-based marketing.
More than $166,000 in grants and scholarships have been given to local FFA Chapters and the 2017 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program, thanks to AGCO Corporation. Providing grants to local FFA Chapters is the newest aspect of more than 70 years of support from AGCO and its brands and an effort AGCO leadership, dealers, and […]
Nevada FFA members will soon be cheering “head on the stock, eye on the rock,” at one of the state FFA association’s most successful fundraising event.
BASF has strengthened its partnership with the National FFA Organization — serving as a Silver sponsor in 2017. For more than 60 years, BASF has worked with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture and agricultural education. Through a generous donation, BASF has worked with FFA to provide members the opportunity to […]
FFA was a family legacy Kourtney Lehman continued. But becoming Oregon State FFA President was a personal goal Lehman just had to fulfill.
For as long as New Jersey FFA member Julie Piancone can remember, every Tuesday her dad would come home with the most beautiful flower arrangements.
A Florida middle school science teacher may lose his job after bullying FFA students about raising livestock for slaughter.
Thanks to the generosity of 115 sponsors, the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 1,884 recipients. More than 8,300 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every four students who applied was awarded a […]
LaCrosse Footwear is proud to announce its partnership with the National FFA organization — contributing $12,000 in funds to the 2017 National FFA scholarship program. Additionally, in celebration of the 120th anniversary of LaCrosse, the company will donate 120 jackets as part of the official FFA Give the Gift of Blue Program. LaCrosse prides itself […]
After hearing their Chapter President’s essay headline, Thorsby FFA knew they had the perfect theme for the 2017 National FFA Chapter Tee Contest.
“Boogity, boogity, boogity, let’s go racing boys!” West Greene FFA will be cheering on their solar go-kart made from scratch at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Growing up in a rural town, ag was literally in DeShawn Blanding’s front yard, but the National FFA Southern Region VP still had some misconceptions.
For many 4-H and FFA students, the organizations have helped students become great neighbors. Now Tractor Supply Company wants to hear your story.
Customers came out in full support of the Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation’s Grants for Growing program, raising a record $731,000.
FFA can leave a long-lasting impression.That was the reason Mississippi FFA alumni Rachel Red decided to pen her personal story in her college newspaper.
If new legislation gets passed, 4-H and FFA students will get a tax exemption for the first $5,000 of income they earn from projects completed.
A New York FFA student noticed one topic that hasn’t made too many headlines … handicap accessible tractors. It was a topic Jacob Ax had to talk about.
Elisa Russ didn’t grow up on a farm in Northeast Iowa, but that didn’t stop her from reaching the tippy top of the Iowa FFA association.
With 7,859 chapters, it takes a small army of FFA advisors to step up to the job and advise FFA students each year. It takes dedication to do the job right.
A shout out to the Iowa FFA Foundation for taking first place and earning a $14,515 donation in the Bayer and Liberty Link system Real Yield Sweepstakes.
A visit to one of Hawaii’s 7,000 farms may not be at the top of the tour list, however Hawaii FFA is proud to show off their state’s rich ag history.
Agricultural organizations have provided young farmers the opportunity to go to many networking and development events across the country.
With the average age of a Montana rancher at 65, the Montana FFA Foundation wanted to help the next generation, so they “took the bull by the horns.”
It wouldn’t be National FFA Week without farm-friendly Culver’s annual FFA Essay Contest. This year’s essay asks what do people need to know about ag?
Since 1941, the West Virginia FFA has netted $1,361,222.78 and it’s all in the name of protein. The state FFA has held 73 Ham, Bacon, and Egg Sales.
If you’re shopping at Tractor Supply during the week of Feb. 17- 26, you can give back to local FFA chapters. During National FFA Week, Tractor Supply shoppers can donate $1 or more at checkout. Donations will fund the national Grants for Growing Program, which supports local FFA chapters that are making a difference in […]
Ohio’s Western Reserve FFA knew they wanted to do something for fellow member Austin Yaworsky. It just took leadership, planning, and many helping hands.
It’s no surprise Wyoming FFA has one of the smallest memberships as the least populated state, however this 2,864-member organization packs a punch.
The official dress of FFA members is changing. A recent vote by the National FFA Board of Directors, building off of the approval of the student member delegates to the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo last October, approved the changes. They are: An official FFA jacket zipped to the top. Black slacks and black socks/nylons or […]
The popular saying “everything’s bigger in Texas” rang true again for the Texas FFA Association. They have the largest FFA membership with 103,379 students.
In my short lifetime, I’ve heard very many people make statements such as “It’s not so much the destination that matters, but the journey along the way.” As for my life, and my involvements with agriculture, I agree with those types of statements. The journey toward our destinations in life help shape us, and they […]
Have an FFA project in mind, but no dough to get it done? Consider applying for one of Tractor Supply Company’s Grants for Growing. The largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, Tractor Supply Company has partnered with the National FFA Foundation again this year for the Grants for Growing program.Grant recipients […]
Georgia agriculture contributes $74B each year to the state’s economy. One FFA chapter found seeing is believing when displaying the state’s success.
For the past two weeks, 75 past and present state FFA officers had the opportunity to tour South Africa for a 12-day educational and cultural experience. The FFA members, representing 20 states, participated in the 2017 International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO), an annual, international opportunity through the National FFA Organization. The seminar provides […]
A 100 percent membership is a feat for any state FFA association but it’s a mark that the Massachusetts FFA has reached the past six years. Their strategy? Ensuring everyone is a member. “The structure of agricultural education is very unique in Massachusetts. The majority of our agriculture programs are part of a larger career […]
The Maine FFA association may be small in stature, but they are strong in promoting their state’s $763 million dollar industry.
When Victoria Harris first joined FFA in Florida, she wasn’t quite sure of her place in the organization. Today Harris serves as the National FFA Secretary.
Not everyone who joins FFA is going to end up in a career in agriculture, but they will be the next generation of consumers. That’s the mission behind the Florida FFA Association and the reason their chapters have been so successful in getting students to enroll from small towns to cities throughout the state. “Agriculture […]
The Alaska FFA Association was named the winner of the 2016 Hunger Heroes Challenge at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis.
A lifelong fascination to fields and streams is what led one South Dakota FFA research student to win the 2016 National FFA American Star in Agriscience.
This year two members from the South Dakota FFA Association took home American Star awards from the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Shane A. Mueller, Garretson FFA Chapter, won the American Star in Agribusiness and Elizabeth Renner, West Central FFA earned the American Star in Agriscience. This isn’t the first time the […]
A community approach helped two Washington FFA chapters take home national “model” awards from the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The Minnesota FFA state chapter had a stellar year at the 2016 National FFA Convention. Not only was Brett Petersen selected as the National FFA 2016 American Star in Agricultural Placement, Valerie Earley of the Spring Valley Wykoff FFA Chapter was elected to serve as the 2016-2017 National FFA Central Region Vice President. Earley will […]
Most U.S. middle schoolers today probably aren’t actively searching for employment, but for the National FFA 2016 American Star in Agricultural Placement, sixth grade seemed like the right time to get a job in a career field he was passionate about. “I wanted to get a job in sixth grade because I wanted to be […]
Even though Delaware is a small FFA association in membership numbers, its members are earning top honors at the national level.
At this year’s national convention, Townsend was named the National FFA President — the first person from Delaware ever to hold that office.
Puerto Rico’s FFA has been growing. Since the association became active in 1932, the territory is now home to 150 chapters and 2,650 student members.
When FFA Star Farmer Tyler Schnaithman graduates from Oklahoma State University, he will return to a farming operation he has been building since age 11.
The results are in and for the first time in National FFA history Delaware has a national FFA president representing the state. David Townsend, an agricultural and natural resources and plant science major at the University of Delaware, was elected president. Others elected to the 2016-17 National FFA officer team: Victoria Harris, a biology major […]
Hats off to these five outstanding chapters, that clearly #TransformFFA. The National FFA Organization named its top chapters today during the 89th National FFA Organization & Expo: Outstanding Middle School: Madison County Middle FFA of Georgia Model of Excellence: Yelm FFA of Washington Student Development: Bullard FFA of Texas Chapter Development: Omak FFA of Washington […]
A little rain didn’t slow down the action today at #TransformFFA. Day two of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis was filled with tours, celebrity meet and greets, state pride, and of course, lots of selfies. Take a glimpse at the posts below trending today on Twitter and Instagram. For additional live coverage from the […]
We asked 13 colleges who are set up at the National FFA convention about what the idea of #TransformFAA and transforming agriculture means to them. We tweeted out their replies.
It’s a sea of blue at the 89th annual National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis as the doors opened today to FFA students from across the country. Nearly 64,000 are expected to attend this week’s festivities. The opening day was packed with shopping, workshops, and lots of booth traffic. Even “The Bachelor” Chris Soules […]
The reality TV star is using his celebrity to speak out for the agricultural community.
For many high school seniors attending the National FFA Convention this week in Indianapolis, the event marks the culmination of a fruitful four years in the world’s largest agricultural youth organization. But most seniors might not realize they don’t have to retire the blue corduroy jacket after graduation. “As cliché as it may sound, it’s an opportunity […]
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Taylor McNeel and Sydney Snider believe in the future of agriculture … so much that they both took off a year from college to lead the world’s largest agricultural youth organization. Since 1928, millions of high school students have proudly put on the blue corduroy jacket and recited the words, “I believe in the future […]