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More than a half-million students in all 50 states will celebrate National FFA Week from Feb. 21 to 28.  During this week they will spread their passion for agriculture and leadership as they host community-wide events and promote the importance of agriculture in our daily lives through education and advocacy.  One of the strongest showings of FFA support will come from the Kansas, where the over 8,800 members will participate in National FFA Week activities.  

The week-long tradition started in 1948. Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.  Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. Members prepare for careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.

You can support your local chapter by attending their FFA Week activites or offering to volunteer your time, talent and treasure during the school year.  This year Kansas FFA chapters plan to host parties in appreciation of their agriculture teachers and FFA advisors. Members will host community breakfasts and thank-you events, visit elementary and middle schools to talk about FFA and agricultural education, complete community-service projects, participate in spirit days at their schools to promote agricultural education and much more.

National FFA Week activities can be followed on Twitter at #FFAweek or on the Kansas FFA Facebook pages and your local chapter's social media.  Come celebrate the legacy of the Blue and Gold with us!

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