Refel Rushing on Future Farmers of America

November 18, 2010

by Refel Rushing

I spent a good part of my career helping students across the United States gain access to education, through LoanSTAR Funding Group. Since retiring from LoanSTAR several years ago, I have dedicated myself to cattle ranching and philanthropic activities. By contributing to Future Farmers of America, I am able to do both at the same time. Below is a description of Future Farmers of America and what the organization does. Founded in 1928 by a coalition of young farmers, Future Farmers of America (FFA) helps to prepare the next generation for the agricultural industry. FFA provides agricultural education, encourages the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources, and helps individuals to achieve the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to create a successful career in agriculture. In addition to representing young farmers and ranchers, FFA supports biologists, chemists, veterinarians, entrepreneurs, engineers, and the host of other professionals working to produce the food that Americans eat. FFA runs a number of programs designed to address virtually every aspect of agricultural education. FFA maintains outreach programs for school-aged children, helping them to understand where their food comes from. For older students, FFA provides information on agricultural industry careers and food science. At the collegiate level, FFA creates opportunities for professional development through a network of local campus chapters. Members have access to job opportunities, a career expo, and internships at some of the most important agricultural businesses in the United States. In addition, FFA offers numerous grants and scholarships. Committed to ensuring that American agriculture remains the best in the world, Future Farmers of America also runs a number of global programs. Through these exchanges, students and teachers develop a perspective on how agriculture is conducted in other parts of the world. Below is a video produced by FFA on their Learners to Leaders program. You can find many more FFA videos on their channel.


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