The National FFA Organization is now accepting applications for its 2012 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership program. FFA will take 12 students to Southeast Asia this spring; the tentative program dates are May 19-June 1.
This conference allows students the opportunity to study global agriculture and international marketing. Students will learn about current international trade and cultural issues and gain awareness of how international markets for agricultural products operate. Upon completion of the program, students will give educational presentations to local groups and organizations about their experiences.
The I-CAL program was developed as a partnership with the U.S. Grains Council and The Grains Foundation. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST. Potential participants can learn more about the program and download an application at www.ffa.org/collegiate.
About The Grains Foundation
The Grains Foundation was established by members of the U.S. Grains Council in 1983. It was formed in an effort to improve world food availability and quality; to strengthen the role in the marketplace in resolving global supply and demand issues; and to build partnerships with agricultural producers, agribusinesses and governments in developing countries through market education programs.
About The National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online www.ffa.org, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalffa, on Twitter twitter.com/nationalffa and FFA Nation ffanation.ffa.org.