Lead Out Loud is the theme of this year's National FFA Week observance as members pledge to show off what makes them premier leaders in their schools and communities. More than half a million members around the nation are participating in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels. Dr. Larry Case, National FFA Advisor, says that National FFA Week is when the achievements of FFA members preparing for careers in agriculture and making a difference in their communities are recognized.
"It's also a time to share our story with people who have little contact with agriculture or with FFA members," Case said. "A big part of that story is how our friends in the agriculture industry generously donate their time and provide financial resources that make possible life-changing opportunities for FFA members."
Coinciding with the celebration of National FFA Week, February 20-27, Monsanto Company is observing a milestone of over a half-century of providing financial and program support for the National FFA Organization. Monsanto recently earmarked a $1 million contribution to the National FFA for 2010. John Raines, Vice President of Customer Advocacy for Monsanto, says they are very proud of their long association with the FFA and are committed to a continued investment in agricultural youth who represent the future of farming.