The National FFA Organization recently awarded National Pork Board with the special Distinguished Service Citation and a 25-Year Milestone Sponsor Award.
During the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., the National Pork Board accepted the Distinguished Service Citation, which recognizes clubs, agencies and organizations that have greatly contributed to agricultural science education and FFA programs. Members of the Iowa State and National FFA Organization staff nominated the National Pork Board, and the National FFA Board of Directors approved the nomination.
“We have been fortunate to partner with the National Pork Board for many years,” says Doug Loudenslager, chief operating officer for the National FFA Organization 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 is comprised of 507,416 student members in 7,439 local 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 says that the organization set a 31-year record for FFA membership this year.
“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 NPB, who received the Honorary American FFA Degree during the 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.”
The National Pork Board has a long record of supporting agricultural education and FFA. It was one of the first organizations to invest resources in the development of online instructional materials for teachers. In addition, the Team Ag Ed Learning Center was created through the National Pork Board’s support.