It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes these young people’s demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.
Less than one in 150 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to earn this national degree.
Franklin, the daughter of Harvey and Lisa Franklin, is currently attending Texas A&M University, majoring in Agricultural Science.
Longan, the son of David and Debbie Longan, is currently a student at Texas Tech University majoring in Advertising.
They are members of the Tilden FFA Chapter and their agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor is Jim Harris.
Franklin and Longan received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate in a blue leatherette frame to commemorate the achievement. The recognition program is sponsored by Case IH, The Farm Credit System Foundation and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. and Syngenta, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, The national FFA convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering, welcoming students, parents and educators from all across the United States. “We are very proud of Lindsey receiving her American FFA Degree. FFA was and continues to be an important part of her life,” said her mother Lisa Franklin.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7,439 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.