National FFA Organization honors Minnesota FFA Association coordinator’s commitment to agricultural education

Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 26, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Doug Hanson, who retired in June as the convention and career development events coordinator with the Minnesota FFA Association, has been awarded a VIP citation by the National FFA Organization recognizing his significant contributions and dedication to FFA and agricultural education.

Hanson served as convention and career development events coordinator for Minnesota FFA for 13 years. He guided more than 3,000 FFA members annually through career development events during the annual state FFA convention and managed to secure judges, enforce rules and compile results.

Joel Larsen, an FFA advisor in Minnesota, nominated Hanson for the award for not only his leadership in managing the state’s convention and career development events but also serving as past president of Minnesota FFA and his more than 30 years as an agricultural education teacher in Minnesota.

“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 provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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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.