It is National FFA Week! It always begins on the Saturday preceding George Washington's birthday and runs through the following Saturday. National FFA week started in 1947. This year, it is celebrated February 19 to 26, 2011.

FFA Week gives members a chance to share information about the FFA organization with others. With less than 2 percent of the population actively involved in production agriculture, it is vital that those who know agriculture share it with those who do not have first-hand experience about agriculture. During the week, chapters host a variety of activities at their schools and in their communities. They speak to the public about agriculture and volunteer for community service projects. Popular events include petting zoos for local grade schools.

FFA membership can be found on numerous leaders' resumes, from teachers, scientists, and doctors. The ranks of FFA alumni even include professions like NFL football player, Harvard-educated Pulitzer Prize winning editor, White House Communications Director, and even a US President.

FFA taught each of these young people skills that they used every day in their personal and professional careers. The FFA mission: FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. What impact with today's FFA members have on the future of agriculture and the world?

This photo was taken 50 years ago. The value of skills learned in FFA is timeless.