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February 19, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
February 19, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama chapter of the Future Farmers of America is joining the national organization in celebrating National FFA Week, Feb. 17-24. The theme this year, "Blue Jackets/Gold Standards" embodies all the best about FFA members, from the most recognizable symbol of the organization -- the blue corduroy jacket -- to the best ideals and traditions of national life -- gold standards.

Nearly half a million members around the nation, including more than 14,000 in Alabama, will participate in FFA Week activities at the local and state level. The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available in agriscience education for all youth.

"FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education," said Jacob Davis, an education specialist with the Alabama Department of Education's Agriscience Division.

"Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agriscience education and FFA are making a positive difference in the lives of students everyday. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. They are our future engineers, scientists, teachers and producers."

With its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Alabama FFA Association was chartered in 1929.

FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and personal and career success. FFA members have opportunities to attend national leadership conferences, develop a supervised learning project, learn life skills and serve their communities with service projects.

One of every five Americans is employed in the critical food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture, and former FFA members and supporters serve in these essential careers.

Today, more than 300 career opportunities are available to students through agriscience education.

"Today the field of agriscience education is brimming with possibilities," said Paul Pinyan, the Alabama Farmers Federation's assistant director of the Department of Governmental Affairs. "As the task of feeding, clothing and sheltering America grows with each passing year, so does the need for educating tomorrow's agricultural leaders. It's an honorable calling, and one of utmost importance as the world continues its search for renewable energy sources."

For more information about the Alabama FFA Association, visit www.alabamaffa.org or the National FFA Organization's website at www.ffa.org.

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