The Iowa FFA Association and its 12,500 members will celebrate National FFA Week February 18-25, 2012. This year's theme is "I Believe"-- and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization's future.
This special week is a time of celebration for Iowa Agriculture as Iowa FFA members and agriculture students across this great state strive to build for the future. Over the next 40 years, 70% more food will be needed to feed our growing world population; all of which must come from agriculture. FFA plays an important role in helping prepare youth for future careers in agriculture and ag-related careers.
Marshall Hay, currently serving as south central vice president of the Iowa FFA Association, says, "During National FFA Week, we celebrate what our members are doing in terms of community service projects, career development events, such as public speaking and parliamentary procedure, and how each of our members can make a positive impact in the plethora of opportunities that agriculture has to offer."
Today's FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow
More than half a million nationwide members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow, says Hay. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they prepare for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and annually encompasses February 22nd, which is George Washington's birthday.
Iowa FFA Association celebrates 2012 National FFA Week, February 18-25
Iowa FFA members will celebrate National FFA Week by participating in the following activities: community service, career development events, educator appreciation, and telling the story of agriculture. The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership in the careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The National FFA Organization changed to its presents name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter and FFA Nation.