Ellen Thompson

Every day ideas for promoting the ag program.

Discussion created by Ellen Thompson on Jun 9, 2010
Latest reply on Jan 19, 2011 by Ellen Thompson

Here are some great ideas that others have shared for spreading the ag education message:



  • Post student accomplishments on business marquis
  • Send a follow-up email to school staff regarding student success or involvement at events.  Especially if students missed school for the event.
  • Work with your community to purchase and display a "Proud FFA Community" Sign. Contact jim.ertl@state.mn.us for purchasing.
  • Make arrangements for the Ag Dept. to have a dedicated trophy case area in the school for displaying Ag Dept. and FFA information and awards.
  • Invite school board members and school administration to attend class field trips, FFA events, and guest speakers.
  • Share all Ag Department and FFA related photos with the Yearbook staff and website editor for inclusion in the yearbook and promotional materials.
  • Volunteer to be on school committee groups.  This gives you an opportunity to model professionalism to your students while sharing the latest happening with other staff during committee work.
  • Include FFA fundraising events or open house events in local church bulletins
  • Join the local chamber ag committee.  If there is not a local chamber ag committee work to start one.
  • During Banquet, breakfasts, or other ag appreciation events create table tents with ag department, FFA, and current and former student updates.
  • Have an agriculture fact of the week in the weekly announcements or newspaper.
  • Create an ag department Student Hall of Fame or Distinguished Alumni area in the classroom.  Use this area to showcase current and former students who are doing successful things in the field of agriculture.  Clip out articles from the newspaper when ag department students are highlighted and include in this area as well.
  • Start an ag spotlight student of the month.  Display in the ag classroom and share with local media.
  • Submit quarterly or monthly updates about the ag program and FFA chapter to the media, school board, principal, stakeholders. etc.





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