National FFA honors Florida Agriculture Supporter

Belinda Chason receives a special VIP citation.

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected Belinda Chason of Tallahassee, Fla., to receive a special VIP Citation for making significant contributions to agricultural education. The VIP Citation is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs. Chason was honored during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention, held Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

Chason’s career in agricultural education dates back to 1970, when she joined the Florida Department of Education as a staff assistant. In 1990 she was named Executive Secretary of the Florida FFA Association, where she held that post for three years. In 1993, as student organizations moved outside of the Department of Education, her position was changed to Curriculum Specialist for Agricultural Education. In February of 1996, Chason became the State Supervisor for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources and the State FFA Advisor.

Chason was the first female to serve on the National FFA Board of Directors. She was instrumental in organizational changes, including the relocation of the National FFA Convention from Kansas City, Mo., to Louisville, Ky., and the relocation of the National FFA Center from Alexandria, VA to Indianapolis.

The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success through their hard work and cooperation. 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.