INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, April 9, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Twelve FFA members have been selected by the National FFA Organization to participate in an international experience designed to increase their understanding about global agriculture and witness the role that U.S. agriculture plays in the global economy.
The students are participants in the 2014 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program. The following FFA members will depart the U.S. on May 20 for a 10-day tour of Japan:
- Maile Frelinger of Bakersfield, Calif.
- Corinne Madison of Galt, Calif.
- Courtney Leeper of Trenton, Mo.
- Dustin Stanton of Centralia, Mo.
- Theresa Fitzgerald of Boone, Iowa
- Delaney Howell of Columbus Junction, Iowa
- Kalli Webber of Mapleton, Iowa
- Alyssa Barrett of Wiggins, Miss.
- Jade Halliburton of Hammond, La.
- Lauren Schwab of Oxford, Ohio
- Matthew Wood of Cordova, Md.
- Whitney Barnes of Kiel, Wis.
Students will engage U.S. Embassy officials and government leaders; tour feed mills, animal markets, small farms and livestock operations; and tour food processing plants, among other activities. The program is open to collegiate students who are former FFA members, current Collegiate FFA members and members of the National FFA Alumni Association.
Recent destinations for the international experience have included Spain, Morocco, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Colombia, Singapore, Panama and Brazil.
The 2014 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program is made possible through support from the Grains Foundation.
The National FFA Organization 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. The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization.
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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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