Agriculture teacher, FFA advisor named NAAE representative on 2014 National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Parker Bane, an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, Ill., has been named NAAE representative on the 2014 National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.

Bane is a CASE lead teacher for principles of agricultural science in regard to plant, natural resources and ecology courses. In 2012, he was elected to serve as the NAAE Region IV secretary. Since taking office, he has been responsible for sending appreciation correspondence to members, supporters and sponsors.

In 2010, he was recognized as one of six region winners in the NAAE Outstanding Teacher Award program.

After graduating high school, Bane served as the Illinois state FFA president and was a National FFA Officer candidate. He earned an American FFA Degree and was awarded an Honorary State FFA Degree at the 2012 Illinois FFA Convention.

Bane earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in agricultural education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Collegiate FFA, Illini Ag Mech Club and the Student Senate.

He resides in Pontiac, Ill., with his young daughter, Ella.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About the Grains Foundation
The Grains Foundation was established by members of the U.S. Grains Council in 1983. It was formed in an effort to improve world food availability and quality; to strengthen the role in the marketplace in resolving global supply and demand issues; and to build partnerships with agricultural producers, agribusinesses and governments in developing countries through market education programs.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.