National FFA honors Missouri Agriculture Supporter

Terry Heiman receives a special VIP citation

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected Dr. Terry Heiman of Jefferson City, Mo., 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. Heiman will be honored during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention, held Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

Heiman’s FFA career spans six decades, beginning with his FFA membership at Salisbury High School in Missouri. Heiman was state FFA president during the 1966-67 school year. He taught agricultural education at three different high schools before joining the Agricultural Education staff at the University of Missouri. Heiman was named Director of Agricultural Education in 1984. Since then, enrollment in agricultural education classes increased from 13,000 students to more than 26,000, and FFA membership in Missouri has reached an all-time high. Heiman has also been a member of the National FFA Organization’s board of directors and a trustee to the National FFA Foundation.

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.