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Florida FFA Names State Star Discovery Degree Winner

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association selected four student members as finalists for the highly coveted Star Discovery Degree, within the “Stars of Florida” award recognition program. This program symbolizes the highest competitive recognition for FFA members and their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program(s). Finalist shared their SAE’s virtually and a winner was named. 

The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the 2020 State Sar Discover Degree winner:

Johanna Heijkoop-South Sumter Middle FFA

Johanna Heijkoop has a diversified SAE project, which includes: Dairy placement and entrepreneurship and Market Lamb, steer and swine. The main emphasis is on the Dairy portions of her SAE. Growing up on a dairy has allowed her to be immersed into her project. Heijkoop says, “I have grown up on the farm helping feed calves, bring up cows, wash down floors, and count hay bales. I bought my first Jersey heifer at age 5 and began following in my siblings’ footsteps raising replacement heifers and showing the higher quality heifers. Over the years, my Jersey herd has grown in numbers, and I have had the opportunity to sell some animals to other youth as project animals. I have also diversified my project interests and have raised three market lambs, a market steer, and two market hogs. The hours I work at the farm and the profit from the sale of replacement heifers in my name are included in an non-cash agreement with Milk-A-Way Dairy, Inc in exchange for feed and health care expenses of other show animals.” She is a member of the South Sumter Middle FFA Chapter, and her advisor is Rebecca Barnes.  Congratulations Johanna on being names the 2020 State Star Discovery Degree Winner!

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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Florida FFA Selects 2020 Distinguished Service Citation Recipients

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Service Citation. The Distinguished Service Citation is a coveted award reserved for those business and industry partners who have rendered outstanding support of FFA and Agricultural Education in Florida. Partnerships are vital to the success of the Florida FFA Association. 

Throughout the years, our partners have gone above and beyond to ensure the success of our programs. The leaders of each of these companies and organizations understand the importance of the skills that FFA members gain through their membership in our organization and they appreciate the impact they will have on the future of our communities, our state and our nation. 

The 2020 Florida FFA Distinguished Service Citation recipients are: 

Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Farm Credit

These organizations will be recognized during the 4th General Session of the Florida FFA Celebration on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM. 

Please join us as we thank these organizations for all they do for agricultural education and FFA.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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2020 Honorary State FFA Degree Recipients Announced

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Honorary State FFA Degree.  The Honorary State FFA Degree is the highest honorary award presented by the organization. The purpose of this degree is to recognize those individuals who greatly contribute to the advancement of agricultural education and provide outstanding service to the FFA program. Florida FFA is strong today because of our strong supporters like each of these individuals and their efforts on our behalf are greatly appreciated.

These recipients will be recognized virtually during the 4th session of the 2020 Florida FFA Celebration.  Please join us as we thank these individuals for all they do for agricultural education and FFA.

The 2020 Honorary State FFA Degree recipients are:

Dr. Mike Armbruster (Orange County Public Schools, Associate Superintendent)

Ms. Bonnie Desmond (FNGLA, Pinellas Chapter)

Mr. Brent Sellers (UF – Agronomy, Professor & Director Range Cattle Research Center)

Mr. Joe Walter (UF/IFAS Extenstion Agent)

Mr. Kyle Yerdon (FDACS, Ag & Consumer Protection Specialist)

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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2020 Florida FFA Blue & Gold Award Recipients Announced

The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Blue &

Gold Award. The coveted Blue & Gold Award is among the highest awards presented by the organization.

The purpose of this award is to recognize those individuals who greatly contribute to the advancement of

agricultural education and provide outstanding service to the FFA program. Florida FFA is strong today

because of supporters like these, and their efforts on our behalf are greatly appreciated.

These recipients will be recognized virtually during the 1st  session of the 2020 Florida FFA Celebration.  Please join us as we thank these individuals for all they do for agricultural education and FFA.

The 2020 Blue & Gold Award recipients are:

Mrs. Kelsey Byrnes (Iowa Pork Producers, Consumer Outreach Director)

Dr. Saundra TenBroeck (UF – Animal Science, Associate Professor)

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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Florida Department of Agriculture Scholarship Awardees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce those students who have been selected to receive the Florida Department of Agriculture Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to students who have outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. Each of them has also been named as a State Star Finalist, in their respective categories.

The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the 2020 Awardees:

Aubrey Pearce, Okeechobee Brahman

Jillian Sanchez, Chiefland Senior

Sammy Mills, Chiefland Senior

Riley Rowe, Belleview Senior

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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Florida FFA Recognizes Chapters with Strong Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce those chapters who have been selected to receive the Chapter Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Award. This award was designed to promote student participation in Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. To receive this honor a chapter must submit at least ten proficiency award applications in at least five different areas. 

The 2020 Chapter SAE Award Winners are: 

Bradford

Branford

Chiefland Senior

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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2020 Outstanding District Officer Announced

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Ryan Rimmer Outstanding District Officer Award. This award is selected by application from the 24 district officers throughout the state and is given to the district officer who excels in their service to Florida FFA. The state winner will be announced during the 2nd session of the 2020 Florida FFA Celebration. 

The 2020 Outstanding District Officer finalists in alphabetical order by chapter are:

Chloe Flournoy, Lakewood Ranch

Morgan Young, Middleburg

Meg Alexander, Sneads

Parker Kruse, South Lake 

The 2020 Outstanding District Officer winner is Morgan Young, Middleburg. Congratulations!

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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Belinda G. Chason Legacy Awardees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Belinda G. Chason Legacy Program Award, is awarded annually to one middle school and one high school agriculture education program, recognizing their excellence in the total Agriculture Education Model, including classroom/laboratory instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA. In order, to receive this honor a chapter must receive the Premier Chapter award and fill out the National Chapter Award application.

The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the 2020 Awardees:

Turkey Creek Middle FFA

Jay FFA

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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2020 Chapter Cooperative Award Winner

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the selection of the 2020 Chapter Cooperative Award Winner. The Chapter Cooperative Award measures how active a chapter has been
in cooperating with other organizations and agencies within their community, along with teaching cooperative business principles. 

The 2020 Chapter Cooperative Award winner is the: 

Ocoee FFA Chapter

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.

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Top 5 Chapters Announced for Agricultural Advocacy Award

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida FFA is pleased to announce the selection of the 2020 Chapter Agricultural Advocacy award finalists. Formerly the Food for America program, this program is designed to encourage FFA members to participate in agricultural literacy and awareness projects on the local level. The top five placings will be announced during the 2nd session of the 2020 Florida FFA Celebration. 

The chapter finalists in alphabetical order are: 

Academy at the Farm

Belleview SR

Branford 

Ft. White Middle

Umatilla SR

The 2020 winner of the Agricultural Advocacy Award is Ft. White Middle. Congratulations!

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION

Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.

During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. 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.

The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.

The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

THE FFA MISSION

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.

For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.###

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