USDA partners with National FFA organization

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2007 – Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner today announced a strategic partnership with the National FFA Organization to develop online learning tools to
educate FFA members about the importance of the 2007 Census of Agriculture.

“Census of Agriculture data forms the basis of directing government resources to their best use,” said Conner. “FFA members understand the Census of Agriculture benefits future generations of
farmers in the communities they call home.”

Together, NASS and FFA are in the final stages of developing a series of classroom-ready lesson plans about the Census of Agriculture for teachers, as well as online tutorials for independent
study.

The materials will help students learn why it’s important to collect this data, how it’s used, and how to interpret the findings in a way that is relevant to their rural communities. The Census
coursework will be aligned to national agricultural education and academic standards and be available online in late fall of 2007.

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