FFA honours National Pork Board
The National FFA Organisation recently awarded the
National Pork Board with FFA's special Distinguished Service Citation and a
25-Year Milestone Sponsor Award.
Helping young people learn
been fortunate to partner with the National Pork Board for many years,” says
Doug Loudenslager, chief operating officer for the National FFA Organisation and
the National FFA Foundation. “We share an appreciation for the importance of
helping young people learn about the tremendous opportunities in agriculture.”
The National FFA Organisation boasts 507,416 student members in 7,439
local FFA chapters nationwide who are preparing for leadership and careers in
the science, business and technology of agriculture. Interest in FFA continues
to grow, says Loudenslager, who notes that the organisation set a 31-year record
for FFA membership this year. About one third of these students have a farm
background, one third are rural/non-farm, and the remaining third are urban.
During the 81st National FFA
Convention in Indianapolis, the National Pork Board accepted the Distinguished
Service Citation, which recognises clubs, agencies and organisations that have
greatly contributed to agricultural science education and FFA programmes.
Members of the Iowa State and National FFA Organisation staff nominated the
National Pork Board, and the National FFA Board of Directors approved the
“Agriculture has changed a lot in the past 25 years, becoming
much more focused on technology and life sciences,” says Steve Murphy, former
CEO for the National Pork Board, who received the Honorary American FFA Degree
during the National FFA Convention. “We need the brightest, best students to
discover the opportunities available in agriculture today, and this needs to
start at a young age. FFA offers a great way to connect young people with where
their food comes from.”
• National FFA Organisation
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