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Students Across the Country to Celebrate FFA Week
USAgNet - 02/17/2017

National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington's birthday. This year, the week kicks off on Feb. 18 and culminates on Feb. 25.

The National FFA Board of Directors designated the weeklong tradition, which began in 1948, in recognition of Washington's legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. A group of young farmers founded FFA in 1928, influencing generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting.

Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. Members progress to enjoy careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.

FFA chapters use National FFA Week to share agriculture with their fellow students as well as their communities. Chapters also give back to their communities through service projects and recruit students to become FFA members.

During this week, the six national officers will visit chapters across the country. Western Region Vice President Trey Elizondo will visit Tennessee; Ashley Willits, eastern region vice president, will visit New Mexico; Valerie Earley, central region vice president, will visit New Hampshire; DeShawn Blanding, southern region vice president, will visit North Dakota; Victoria Harris, national secretary, will visit Idaho; and National FFA President David Townsend will visit Alaska.

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