INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016/National FFA Organization) – Dr. Tracy Rutherford of College Station, Texas, has been awarded the VIP Citation by the National FFA Organization, recognizing her significant contributions to FFA and agricultural education.
Dr. Rutherford has served on the National FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event committee since it began in 1998. She has been an instrumental part of the national event, including serving as superintendent. Dr. Rutherford works to ensure the knowledge-based assessment is at an age-appropriate level. She has also played an integral role in finding event volunteers and judges. In her 19 years of involvement, she has impacted nearly 4,000 FFA members from all over the nation.
"The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation," the organization's CEO, Mark Poeschl, said. "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 businesses."
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 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
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