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It's National FFA Week in America
USAgNet - 02/22/2016

More than half a million FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives this week while sharing their message of agriculture and agricultural education throughout the country. During National FFA Week, a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of agriculture's future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.

The weeklong tradition, which began in 1948, was designated by the National FFA Board of Directors in recognition of Washington's legacy as an agriculturalist and farmer. FFA was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. Founding members of the organization taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting--it involves science, business and more.

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.

During this week, the six national officers will visit chapters across the country. Western Region Vice President Sarah Draper will visit Maine; Sydney Snyder, eastern region vice president, will visit Montana; Abrah Meyer, central region vice president, will visit Kentucky; Abbey Gretsch, southern region vice president, will visit Rhode Island; Nick Baker, secretary, will visit Louisiana; and National FFA President Taylor McNeel will visit Wisconsin.

FFA Week is also a time for alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the National FFA Foundation will celebrate "Give FFA Day," a daylong campaign that will encourage the public to support the various needs impacting FFA members. Every gift will count toward achieving the FFA mission. Visit FFA.org/giveFFAday to donate.

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