INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, June 30, 2016/National FFA Organization) – Matthew Eddy was recently named to the National FFA Board of Directors.
Eddy, who grew up on a diversified farm south of Osceola, Iowa, graduated from Clarke Community High School and attended Iowa State University. He received his bachelor's degree in 1999 and his master's degree in 2008. Currently he teaches at Southeast Polk Community Schools in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
Eddy is a CASE Certified Master Teacher and holds certification in agriculture, food and natural resources, animal science, plant science and biotechnology. He authored the governor's STEM Scale-Up Program grants, securing more than $2.5 million dollars for Iowa agriculture programs to participate in adopting the CASE model since 2012.
Eddy's chapter, Southeast Polk FFA, is one of Iowa's largest chapters, and each year at the Iowa State Fair they host the Animal Learning Center. During the 132-hour display operation, chapter members care for livestock, interact with the public and help be a voice for agriculture.
"We are excited to have Matthew serve on the board," said National FFA Advisor and board chair Dr. Steve A. Brown. "He brings with him a great perspective from the classroom. We are looking forward to his future contributions on guiding the National FFA Organization and helping FFA members prepare for a lifetime of career success."
Eddy and his wife, Carol, live in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, with their four children.
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