U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National FFA Organization to advance educational outreach for EPA’s ongoing environmental and public health initiatives.
“The MOU reflects the importance of agricultural practices in promoting environmental stewardship and builds on our recent collaborations with America’s farmers and ranchers,” Wheeler said.
"This agreement between FFA and EPA recognizes how FFA members are ready to be leaders in environmental fields," said National FFA President Luke O'Leary. "Whether it's studying pH levels in soil or running experiments to reduce water runoff, we're active stewards in preserving and enhancing the resources needed to grow our food."
EPA will continue to work with FFA to ensure environmental education is learned and practiced by all Americans to achieve EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment.
Under the MOU, the EPA intends to:
- Coordinate with FFA on EPA internship opportunities;
- Enhance collaboration among regional agriculture advisers, regional environmental education coordinators and local FFA chapters and state FFA associations.
The National FFA intends to:
- Work with EPA and others to attract, educate, inspire and prepare students for careers and opportunities within today’s various environmental fields.
- Foster communication between the agricultural education community and EPA.
Click here to read the full MOU.