FFA Honors Virginia State FFA Advisor

Dr. Alan McDaniel receives a special VIP citation

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected Dr. Alan McDaniel of Blacksburg, Va., 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.

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

McDaniel has been a professor of horticulture for more than 25 years at Virginia Tech University. He served for many years as the coordinating counselor in the university’s Department of Horticulture and excelled as academic advisor to numerous students. He has taught floral design, controlled plant environment and vegetable crops and has served as the lead contact for FFA competitions held each year at both Virginia Tech and at the Virginia State Fair.

McDaniel has also organized career development events for FFA members for the last 20 years and served as a judge for national FFA competitions.

“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.