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Florida FFA Hall of Fame

The Florida FFA Hall of Fame began in 2007 to pay tribute to those outstanding individuals who have helped make the Florida FFA Association the premier youth leadership organization in the state. The Florida FFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be …

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State Convention Teacher Workshop – Highland Ag

Highland Precision Ag is excited to introduce the Highland Hub! Highland Hub is an easy-to-use, web-based farm management application used to record and organize data across the farm including spray records, food safety, scouting reports and lab results.

As they have visited with many of their customers the question has been asked, “Is this program being implemented in today’s agriculture curriculum?”  Highland Precision Ag is excited to offer the Highland Hub to our agricultural educators, giving them access to the exact application numerous farms are implementing in their operations!

A training session will be held at the FFA State Convention and is open to all Ag teachers interested in purchasing the Highland Hub for their classroom. 

The training session will be Thursday, June 14 at 9:30am in the Boca 5-6 Meeting Room. Attached you will find a copy of the Brochure that talks about the power of the Highland Hub.

HPA0024 HPA Ag Teacher Program V2.pdf

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Warner Classroom – Florida FFA State Convention and Expo

Calling all of Florida’s Agriculture Educators and FFA Advisors! Florida FFA has once again partnered with Warner University to offer the Warner Classroom at the 90th Florida FFA State Convention and Expo! The interactive teaching lab created specifically for educators will feature two workshops focused on laboratory-based instruction for you to learn and take hands on lessons back to your classroom! They will also be featuring a Proficiency Application workshop! The schedule is below. Please make plans to attend!

Wednesday, June 13th

Plant DNA Analysis with Dr. Gina Babb

8:00am and 11:00am


Thursday, June 14th

Completing the Perfect Proficiency Application with Justin Sharpless

8:00am and 9:30am

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Florida FFA Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the inductees for the 2018 Florida FFA Hall of Fame. The Florida FFA Hall of Fame began in 2007 to pay tribute to those outstanding individuals who have helped make Florida FFA the premier youth leadership organization in the state. Because of the support of these individuals, Florida FFA has become home to more than 17,000 FFA members in more than 340 FFA chapters across the state. FFA members are engaged in a wide range of agricultural education activities, leading to more than 300 professional career opportunities in the agricultural industry. “It is a true honor to induct five individuals who have dedicated their lives and careers to advancing the mission and vision of Florida FFA,” said Michael Rogalsky, Executive Director of the Florida FFA Foundation. “This is just a small token of our appreciation for the impact they have made and continue to make each day.”  

This year’s inductees are:

Belinda G. Chason – Belinda’s career of service began in 1970 when she joined the Florida Department of Education as a Staff Assistant in the Region 1 office. In 1990, with nearly twenty years of experience as a part of the support staff, Belinda was tapped to become the Executive Secretary of the Florida FFA Association where she held that post for three years. In February of 1996, Belinda became the State Supervisor for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the State FFA Advisor. Finally in January of 2011, Belinda was named as the Director of Career and Technical Education where she served until retirement in 2011. Following her retirement, Belinda served a short stint as the Program Coordinator for Florida Farm Bureau Banner Center for Agricscience Education. In July of 2012 Belinda was tapped by the Chancellor to return to the department and serve as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Career and Technical Education, where she continues to serve today. Belinda Chason is a true pioneer in Agricultural Education in Florida and throughout the nation and has championed many causes and led many efforts that have enhanced the future of agricultural education and FFA. Belinda resides in Quincy, Florida with her husband, Bo. 

Dennis Der – Dennis spent his teenage years raising cattle and working up to five jobs at a time. When given the opportunity to join the Future Farmers of America he became an active member showing his cattle and even winning reserve grand champion steer at the Florida Strawberry Festival. It was just a few short years later that Dennis would open his own business, Southside Farm Supply, at the age of 18. Throughout his years as a business owner Dennis was a grand supporter of FFA and 4-H and even encouraged his two daughters to be involved. Dennis is the individual behind the Florida FFA Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, the FFA Beast Feast. The first event was held in 2004 and raised over $60,000 in its inaugural year. Now in its 15th year, the Beast Feast has raised well over $1 million for the Florida FFA Foundation. Dennis also served as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors and became widely respected for his financial wisdom, wellspring of ideas and passion for creating opportunities for Florida’s FFA members. Dennis is now retired, having sold his business in 2013 after 35 years of success. He now has continued to dedicate his time to support many local and state FFA events and projects and coming up with more innovative ideas. Dennis and his wife Lori, live in Plant City, Florida. 

J.M. “Murph” Everett – J.M. began a career in Agricultural Education in 1956 after serving in the US Army. His career began at Lafayette High School, where he taught for seventeen years before transferring to Trenton High School. In 1994, he left Trenton High School and spent two more years teaching at Suwannee High School before retirement in 1995. J.M. built agriculture education programs that enhanced the education and leadership of the students that he taught. He coached many judging teams and encouraged students to participate in the leadership continuums available through the FFA. J.M.’s dedication to the youth in Gilchrist County was extended after his retirement by his election to the Gilchrist County School Board where he served from 1996-2004. Many students found their vocational calling in agriculture, business, government and other fields due to J.M.’s influence. He always embraced new technology and methodology. J.M. passed away in 2011.   

Jimmy Harrell – Jimmy Harrell has spent his life in service to Agriscience Education, the New Farmers of America and the FFA in Florida. Jimmy was born in Georgia, attended school in the town of Eatonville, Florida and graduated from Florida A&M University. He moved to New Smyrna Beach in 1960 and taught Vocational Agriculture for 31 years. Jimmy dedicated his life to developing leaders through the FFA, agricultural education and his community involvement. During his 31 years as an instructor and advisor, he dedicated countless hours to his “kids”. Jimmy led by example, demonstrating the importance of hard work, dedication and responsibility, earning the respect of his students and their families as well as his peers and community. Jimmy was selected as the Distinguished Black Educator in 1981 and was recognized as Volusia County’s Teacher of the Year twice, in 1985 and again in 1989. Jimmy’s name in the community is synonymous with hard work, dedication and service, as he spends countless hours volunteering of his time since his retirement in 1992. Jimmy Harrell currently resides in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.   

Dr. Edward Osborne – Edward is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida. Originally from Independence, VA, Osborne’s path to the University of Florida included stops to earn his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, all in agricultural education. Previously a high school agriculture teacher, Osborne joined the University of Illinois faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate students in agricultural education. Osborne has invested his career in youth; as a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, as a teacher educator at the University level and as the department chair who led UF to become the number one department in the country. Osborne is viewed as a state and national leader in school-based agricultural education. His efforts have had direct impacts on the classrooms in Florida and around the country. Osborne has served the Florida FFA Foundation for almost 20 years as a dedicated member of the board of directors. Additionally, he has served as the State Superintendent of the Prepared Public Speaking and Ornamental Horticulture Demonstration Leadership Development Events. Ed and his wife, Susan reside in Gainesville, Florida.  

The Florida FFA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida. More information including tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found by contacting Michael Rogalsky at:

2018 Hall of Fame Press Release.pdf

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Cargill Classroom at the 90th State FFA Convention and Expo!

Back By Popular Demand! The Cargill Classroom will once again make a debut at the 90th Florida FFA State Convention and Expo on Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday, June 14th. The Cargill Classroom features a series of seminars available to students and teachers regarding the selection, nutrition, daily care and showmanship of cattle, swine and equine. We hope you and your students will make plans to attend some of these great workshops! A special thanks to our partners at Cargill for their continued support of this endeavor. More information can be found attached!

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Make Plans to Attend the FNGLA Classroom at Convention!


Make plans for you and your students to attend the FNGLA Classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday of Convention. Our great partner, the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association has some great content planned. And when theres no specific session occurring, they will be on hand to teach you and your students the ins and outs of the Nursery Landscape and Floriculture CDE’s. This is a GREAT addition to the convention educational offerings!

We hope to see you there. Please review the attached promotional brochure for more information! 

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Florida’s 2018 Outstanding Alumni Member Announced

The Florida FFA Association and the Florida FFA Alumni Association are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Member award. This individual continues to go above and beyond to make their local alumni affiliate successful. The winner will be recognized during the 8th General Session of the 90th Florida FFA State Convention on Friday, June 15, 2018. The winner should report to the holding room 30 minutes prior to the session. 


The 2018 Outstanding Alumni Member is: 

Merry Moss, Deltona FFA Alumni

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Florida’s 2018 Top FFA Alumni Affiliates Announced

The Florida FFA Association and the Florida FFA Alumni Association are pleased to announce the finalists of the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Affiliate award. Each of these chapters and the winner will be recognized during the 8th General Session of the 90th Florida FFA State Convention on Friday, June 15, 2018. A representative of each alumni affiliate should report to the holding room 30 minutes prior to the session. 


The 2018 Outstanding Alumni Affiliate Finalists in alphabetical order are: 


Baker County


Gator Collegiate



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Chapter Fundraiser Opportunity – Florida FFA Alumni Butler Prints

The Florida FFA Alumni and Supporters has recently created a fundraising opportunity for FFA Chapters! In order to reduce their inventory of full sized Butler Prints, they are offering local FFA Alumni or FFA Chapters to purchase 40 prints for $100, with a potential profit of $550.00. 

The Alumni will have prints on hand at the State FFA Convention and Expo for chapters to purchase, or you can complete the order form below and send it to Mr. David Coile with the Florida FFA Alumni. David can be reached at 

While these prints are not framed, framing them can be a great shop project for your students and the potential profit can increase! This an a great way to raise additional funds for your chapters yearly activities! 


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