FFA Honors Tennessee State FFA Advisor

Rhedona Rose receives special VIP

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected Rhedona Rose of Columbia, Tenn., to receive a special VIP citation for making significant contributions to agricultural education. The honor is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs.

Rose was honored during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

Rose is chief lobbyist for Tennessee Farm Bureau, where the monitors and helps with legislation important to the state’s FFA program. She has worked closely with lawmakers in securing passage of legislation to retain 12-month teaching contracts for agricultural teachers and secure line-item budget funding for the Tennessee FFA Foundation that has exceeded $2.25 million over the past four years.

Rose has also worked with government officials to gain continued support of FFA Camp Clement, the oldest FFA camp in the nation.

Rose is a member of the Maury Alliance board of directors, the Maury County SASA board and the Tennessee Lobbyist Association board of directors. She was named one of the top 10 lobbyists in Tennessee, selected as a recipient of the Southern Crop Production Association, named a distinguished agriculture graduate of Tennessee Tech University School of agriculture and named an outstanding young alumnus of Tennessee Tech University.

“The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong. Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn build strong families, communities and industries.”

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The 84th National FFA Convention is held Oct. 19-22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind., and will draw 50,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter and FFA Nation.