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FFA Club News 1-3-11

National FFA Organization

This January, while some are shoveling snow and facing wintery wonderlands, 66 FFA state officers will be journeying to Argentina to experience agriculture in an entire new setting.

The International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) will take place Jan. 4-14 in Argentina, where students will gain first-hand knowledge of Argentina’s agricultural industries.

The officers are scheduled to tour one of Argentina’s largest port terminals in San Martin and various livestock, corn, soybean, wheat and poultry operations throughout the country. The group will also have an opportunity to visit Iguazu National Park and Devils Throat, the largest national falls in the country.

The group will also visit the Argentina office of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service; take a cruise on the Parana River to experience port and industries of the area; and visit Puerto Iguazu to witness the confluence of the rivers and the Paraguay and Brazilian coasts.

“Through this trip, state officers will be able to learn a great deal about agricultural operations and global contributions of other countries,” said Shane Jacques, program manager of state officer programs for the National FFA Organization. “Agriculture is global, and this trip highlights that point to the students. Along with experiencing the different aspects of agriculture, they are also able to experience the different cultures. I’m confident this experience will resonate with our students as they pursue their future agricultural careers.”

The trip is sponsored by Bunge North America as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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Bunge North America is the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited, an integrated, global agribusiness and food company operating in the farm-to-consumer food chain with worldwide distribution capabilities and primary operations in North America, South America and Europe. Founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., Bunge has 24,000 employees and locations in 29 countries. Bunge North America supplies raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, food service and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, port terminals, grain and oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries, and packaging facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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 United States Congress, 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 information, please visit http://www.FFA.org.

This January, while some are shoveling snow and facing wintery wonderlands, 66 FFA state officers will be journeying to Argentina to experience agriculture in an entire new setting.

The International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) will take place Jan. 4-14 in Argentina, where students will gain first-hand knowledge of Argentina’s agricultural industries.

The officers are scheduled to tour one of Argentina’s largest port terminals in San Martin and various livestock, corn, soybean, wheat and poultry operations throughout the country. The group will also have an opportunity to visit Iguazu National Park and Devils Throat, the largest national falls in the country.

The group will also visit the Argentina office of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service; take a cruise on the Parana River to experience port and industries of the area; and visit Puerto Iguazu to witness the confluence of the rivers and the Paraguay and Brazilian coasts.

“Through this trip, state officers will be able to learn a great deal about agricultural operations and global contributions of other countries,” said Shane Jacques, program manager of state officer programs for the National FFA Organization. “Agriculture is global, and this trip highlights that point to the students. Along with experiencing the different aspects of agriculture, they are also able to experience the different cultures. I’m confident this experience will resonate with our students as they pursue their future agricultural careers.”

The trip is sponsored by Bunge North America as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Bunge North America is the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited, an integrated, global agribusiness and food company operating in the farm-to-consumer food chain with worldwide distribution capabilities and primary operations in North America, South America and Europe. Founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., Bunge has 24,000 employees and locations in 29 countries. Bunge North America supplies raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, food service and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, port terminals, grain and oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries, and packaging facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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 United States Congress, 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 information, please visit http://www.FFA.org.