Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (center) spent a few moments with Illinois FFA before unveiling the new graphic to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of U.S. Department of Agriculture in the hometown of its founder President Abraham Lincoln. The event took place at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IL, on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Q(uestions) and A(griculture) with Secretary Vilsack

November 09, 2015
As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack knows the importance of our farm, food and fiber industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the American farming and agriculture industry, from helping farmers secure new domestic and foreign markets for their products to inspecting food to ensure its safety for American consumers. Secretary Vilsack understands... Read more »... Read more »
Growing food for school cafeterias is a growing trend for high school agriculture programs, including those at Hagerstown
High School in Indiana (top) and Liberty Technology Magnet School in Tennessee.

Crops from the Classroom

November 09, 2015
FFA chapters and members across the nation are redefining the term, farm-to-table. Taking growing matters into their own hands, they’re delivering fresh, school-to-table food to their peers and communities. Holeman High School Take, for example, the Holmen FFA Chapter in Wisconsin. Students raise chickens to be fed to the school community at a special dinner... Read more »... Read more »
honeybees

Ag 101: Honeybees

November 09, 2015
Honeybees are tiny little creatures that seem to spend most of their time buzzing around the pool and garden. But do you know the important work they do? The two most important roles of a honeybee are pollinating and making honey. Honeybees pollinate plants by carrying pollen from one plant to the next. Honeybees are... Read more »... Read more »
FFA Jacket with new logo shot October 26, 2015

Give the Gift of Blue

November 09, 2015
The smile on Casey Custer’s face should have given away that this sunny morning in central California was special. A senior at Waterford High School, Casey looks like your typical teenager. Jeans-clad, well-worn boots on, baseball cap firmly in place. He strolled into the humid auditorium from his FFA chapter’s shop class, a little winded... Read more »... Read more »
Shenandoah SNUG Prom

A Night to Remember

November 09, 2015
For most people, going to prom is the culmination of their teenage years, with the flashing cameras, elegant outfits, and hours of dancing and revelry. But for some, attending prom isn’t always in the cards. Indiana’s Shenandoah FFA Chapter, the 2014 National FFA Model of Innovation winner for community service, has been hosting seasonal parties... Read more »... Read more »
Middletown insecurity Gardening Hydroponics and Tilapia

Project MIGHT

November 09, 2015
Mattabeset FFA is using their $2,500 National FFA Food for All grant to feed the people of Middletown, Conn. The title, Project MIGHT, stands for Middletown Insecurity, Gardening, Hydroponics and Tilapia. Over an eight-month timeframe, the chapter grew a variety of vegetable seedlings in their greenhouse and explored hydroponics. They also raise tilapia in their... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National Officer Q&A Winter 2015-16

November 09, 2015
What is the strangest gift you’ve ever received? ANDY: For Christmas one time I got a coin collecting book, which was really neat, except I don’t really collect coins. VICTORIA: A golden toilet plunger – long story. RUTH ANN: Gag gifts are a big tradition in my family, and one year I received a pair... Read more »... Read more »
Premier leadership

Two is Better Than One

November 09, 2015
With 127 members, the FFA chapter at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Iowa is one of the largest in the state. For a chapter that big, two agriculture instructors might seem like a given necessity. But it wasn’t until students took action that two ag teachers – and the opportunity to expand their ag program –... Read more »... Read more »
Anastasia Sturgis works with endangered birds for her FFA supervised agricultural experience program.

This Job’s for the Birds

November 09, 2015
Anastasia Sturgis of the Orlando-Colonial FFA Chapter in Florida has an unusual weekend hobby. Instead of hitting the mall or the beach like many teenage girls, Anastasia spends her Saturdays caring for rescued parrots, macaws and cockatoos at the Seminole County Parrot Rescue & Sanctuary in Geneva, Fla. Anastasia, a 2015 graduate from Colonial High... Read more »... Read more »
Alexandra Ruwe – Maroa Forsyth FFA, IL

FFA Featured Face – Alexandra Ruwe

November 04, 2015
As a junior, Alexandra Ruwe won both the state specialty animal production proficiency and the job interview career development event. Alex has created a job shadowing program and organized seasonal member outings.... Read more »
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