Mr. Thomas Shirley

Reconnect: Thomas Shirley, Jr.

November 22, 2016
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 »
Meals of Hope, Ohio FFA

You’re Invited to a Packing Party

November 22, 2016
Some children go to bed with a rumbling stomach. Some parents don’t know how to pay for their children’s next meal. In times like these, organizations like Meals of Hope provide comfort and nutrition to the members of our community who need it the most. The organization was founded in 2007 by Stephen Popper, following... Read more »... Read more »
Haley Clement recognizes participants in the agriculture creed competition.

Global Impact

November 22, 2016
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

November 22, 2016
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 »
The Elkins FFA Chapter in West Virginia used funds from the TSC Grants for Growing program to purchase fencing supplies for a garden.

Growing a Movement

November 22, 2016
More thank 370 high school agriculture programs an FFA chapters are now better equipped for community outreach, thanks to Tractor Supply Company’s Grants for Growing. The program, launched in two pilot states in 2015 and available to all FA chapters in 2016, awards grants to be used to boost current or launch new agricultural education... Read more »... Read more »

A Juicy Fruit

November 22, 2016
Americans consume more oranges and other citrus than any other fruit, mostly in the form of juice. And now is a great time to enjoy citrus fruits, since they are currently in season. These fruits are grown in sunny, tropical locations, and winter months are when the fruit is the sweetest, most readily available and... Read more »... Read more »

Advocacy for Agriculture

November 22, 2016
The word “grow” is extremely important to agriculture. It represents, of course, the growing cycles for plants and animals, as well as the ever-increasing importance of agriculture. To global agricultural company Monsanto, “grow” also references the growth of rural America, the growth and development of future ag leaders, and the growing importance of serving the... Read more »... Read more »
Manteno FFA, Manteno, IL

Showing FFA Week Love

November 22, 2016
With National FFA Week coming up in February, look no further than the Manteno FFA Chapter for some unique ideas. For the 2016 celebration, Manteno FFA members kicked off the week by handing out heart-shaped candies imprinted with “I Love FFA” to all students in the school. They also hosted trivia events, organized a petting... Read more »... Read more »
McMinn Central FFA, TN

Rodeo for a Cure

November 22, 2016
Each summer, the McMinn Central FFA in Tennessee hosts a rodeo called Bucking for a Cure. The event’s purpose is to raise awareness and money for cystic fibrosis research, all working toward a cure. FFA members sell ads for the rodeo program during the school year. They also organize and run the concession stand, and... Read more »... Read more »
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