Member Profiles

Mr. Thomas Shirley

Reconnect: Thomas Shirley, Jr.

Hometown: Luray, Va. Advisor: R.A. “Bob” Wall FFA SAE: Diversified agriculture Career: Banking Family: Wife, Doris, and one son, Thomas R. Shirley III A proud moment for state FFA officers is the opportunity to preside over a state convention. When Mr. Thomas R. Shirley, Jr., served as Virginia FFA State President in 1943-44, he never... Read more »... Read more »
Haley Clement recognizes participants in the agriculture creed competition.

Global Impact

FFA members across the nation can attest to the fact that one of agriculture’s greatest attributes is that its lessons are universal. Across the globe, the values behind agriculture can be taught and learned in the same way. Haley and Nick Clement experienced this firsthand when they traveled to Ghana with AgriCorps, a program that... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

Get to Know Your National FFA Officers

DESCRIBE THE MAIN TAKEAWAY OF YOUR RETIRING ADDRESS IN ONE SENTENCE. TAYLOR: Lead with your heart, and it will find a purpose and inspire others. NICK: You are the only YOU that ever has been or ever will be. SYDNEY: You can overcome any storm or struggle when you choose to see hope and be... Read more »... Read more »
national ffa news

Read All About It

FFA member Randon Senn of Bushnell, Fla., has created his own news outlet to keep the public informed about FFA and agriculture. He has assembled his own staff of volunteers to report on agriculture information and post to a Facebook page for National Ag News (facebook.com/nationalagnews). To date, the page has more than 750 followers.... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

Q&A with your National FFA Officers

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION & EXPO? TAYLOR: I am so excited to see members I’ve met all across the country again! Maybe the ones I went to Yogurt Mountain with in Florida or the trips to Starbucks during the California State FFA Leadership Conference or the ones... Read more »... Read more »
The Mortimer siblings say that having a diversified farm means there’s always plenty to do, regardless of the season.

Mortimers on a Mission

Fall has arrived, and for 18-year-old Ashlee Mortimer of Dewey, Ariz., that means thousands of curious visitors will be flooding her family’s farm in search of pumpkins and good, clean fun. For Ashlee and her siblings, Hayden (16), Kayla (14) and Kolten (12), and their parents, Gary and Sharla, fall is a bustling time of... Read more »... Read more »
Kacey at the family's quail farm in Topeka Kansas.

Call of the Quail

When Kacy Schlesener of Dover, Kan., noticed a decline in the population of bobwhite quail in her area, she made it her mission to help bring back the small, plump birds popular among hunters. In 2011, when she was a sophomore at Mission Valley High School, Kacy focused her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project on... Read more »... Read more »
Tyler Cloud and his grandfather

67 Years of FFA History

Clifford Mayo and his grandson, Tyler Cloud, both donned their FFA jackets at the Garden City High School FFA banquet where Tyler was elected chapter secretary. Clifford received his jacket in 1949 and won the American Farmer Award in 1955. Tyler has carried on his grandfather’s FFA legacy, competing in livestock judging and showing meat... Read more »... Read more »
Mark Poeschl

Q&A with Mike Poeschl

On Aug. 1, the National FFA Organization welcomed its new chief executive officer, Mark Poeschl. No stranger to FFA, Poeschl has been a longtime supporter of the organization and was an active member himself in the Mead, Neb., chapter. Learn more about the new leader for National FFA. Q: WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National Officer Q&A

HOW WILL YOU BE SPENDING YOUR SUMMER? TAYLOR: This summer will be filled with state conventions in Indiana, Arkansas and Colorado. I’ll be traveling to South Dakota for FFA camp, and I can’t wait to hang out with newly elected state FFA officers at two National Leadership Conferences for State Officers (NLCSO) in Georgia and... Read more »... Read more »
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