Through the end of the year we’re recapping our favorite FFA moments of 2015.
FFA has made it to the silver screen, the TV screen and even a Super Bowl commercial before. Still, it’s pretty exciting when FFA finds a connection with someone — or something — famous.
We had plenty of that in 2015.
1. What is FFA, Alex?
Viewers who tuned in to Jeopardy! in early May saw a fun moment when FFA was featured as an answer. FFA was the answer during show #7063’s Double Jeopardy! round.
Rebecca Golden, a writer from Hamtramck, Michigan, scored the correct response to “The emblem of this “forward-looking” youth organization features an ear of corn & an owl sitting on a plow” when she answered “What is the Future Farmers of America?”
Golden won $1,200 for the response to the “Agriculture” category question, but finished second to Scott Ylinen, a draftsman and college student from Morgantown, West Virginia
2. Prince Charles says hello
— Kentucky FFA (@KentuckyFFA) March 20, 2015
It’s not often you think of FFA when you think of the British Royal Family, but the two came in contact in 2015.
Prince Charles, the man next in line for the British throne, was in Kentucky during a March visit to the United States. While visiting sites around Louisville that included Churchill Downs — a popular destination for FFA members who have attended national convention in recent years — Charles briefly met FFA members from Louisville’s Seneca FFA chapter.
You could say it was a crowning achievement.
3. TV time
2015 was a pretty cool year for FFA members who watch both The Voice and The Bachelor.
First, it was Mark Hood, a singer from Chicago that was a proud FFA member during his time at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. He was also the Illinois Section 8 President in 2008-09. Hood proudly mentioned FFA in his biography on the show’s website and in an interview about his FFA background.
“I really attribute FFA for number one, getting me comfortable in a setting of being in front of people and being a leader,” Hood said.
Hood wasn’t the only TV star to connect with FFA this year. Members who attended national convention had the surprise chance to meet Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who appeared in the 19th season of ABC’s The Bachelor.
Soules met FFA members as the surprise guest in the Monsanto booth on floor of the National FFA Expo. He even snapped a selfie for Instagram that generated more than 11,000 likes — easily the most popular post on the #AmplifyFFA during convention.
4. Drive fast, turn left
— Matthew Bishop (@MBishopPhotos) July 27, 2015
If you watched NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July, there’s a great chance you saw the familiar FFA emblem. That’s because platinum FFA sponsor CSX decided to spread the message and mission of agricultural education with a car that was covered in FFA messages.
Driver David Gilliland drove the No. 38 Ford in the race and celebrated FFA throughout the weekend. He even took time to meet with FFA members from Indiana during the week. How cool!
5. Take us to the museum
— Nat'l FFA Foundation (@FFAfoundation) July 1, 2015
It was announced in 2014 that FFA would officially join the Smithsonian as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of American History, and that came to fruition this summer when former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s FFA jacket was put on display. You can see the jacket — one of several submitted to the museum’s permanent collection — in the American Enterprise exhibition.
With Washington Leadership Conference, State Presidents Conference and other events, FFA jackets are a common site in Washington D.C. Now, there’s one on display all year long.