Supporters - October 2013
By Brennan Costello
I recently visited the John Bowne FFA Chapter in New York City and was blown
away by the visit. What they are doing there, in an urban FFA Chapter, is pretty
amazing. The best part of the visit, however, was learning of their Seedling
Program from 9/11.
During 9/11, after the towers fell, a lone tree from the plaza survived the
wreckage. The school received the tree, named the “survivor tree,” and nursed it
back to health. They received 421 seedlings from the tree, which the FFA Chapter
has been growing. They plan to donate the trees to victims of the attacks. It is
amazing that two students are leading this. Check the story out here:
Survivor Tree Seedling
Louisville! We hope to see you at the 86th National FFA Convention &
Relive the giddy emotion so many feel when taking in the sea of blue jackets for
the first time. Get familiar with Louisville and see what events the foundation
is hosting this year.
Cargill steps into their 53rd year as a major FFA supporter, focusing on
leadership programing and the Agricultural Career Network along with plans to
support students’ long-term success.
FFA supporters go above and beyond
Each year National FFA recognizes supporters who go above and beyond.
Individuals are recognized with the VIP award and organizations are recognized
with the Distinguished Service Citation. Check out this year’s honorees.
Meet the leadership
Accomplished fund-raising executive Molly Ball
joins the National FFA Foundation and CEO Dr. W. Dwight Armstrong receives
an honorary agricultural degree.
In their own words – from the National FFA Officers
National officer Brennan Costello recently weighed in on being an advocate
for agriculture. Check out is blog post here:
We Must Tell Our Story.
National officer Kalie Hall did an excellent job handling tough questions in
an interview that appeared in Modern Farmer in August. You can access the
“Future Farmers of America: Still Relevant?”
National impact at the local level
Check out a great news clip on one of our FFA: Food For All Grant chapters
that recently aired on Channel 10 KWTX News Morning show in Texas:
Bosqueville FFA Food
For All Feature.
The video features the chapter’s work on the community garden at
Bosqueville. FFA: Food For All grants are sponsored by RAM Trucks, the Farm
Journal Agricultural Foundation, Donaldson Company, Inc., and the CHS
Purdue’s agriculture alumni publication Connections features Mike Whitehouse
of Lewis Cass High School in Walton, Ind.:
Teacher says reluctant goodbye after 41 years.