• Print this page

  • Tell A friend

Supporters - October 2013

Survivor Tree
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 Program.

Louisville!  We hope to see you at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo!
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.

Sponsor spotlight
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 interview article “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 Foundation. 

Purdue’s agriculture alumni publication Connections features Mike Whitehouse of Lewis Cass High School in Walton, Ind.: Teacher says reluctant goodbye after 41 years.