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Two Arkansans chosen to serve as national FFA ambassadors

Ashton Dawson of Bentonville, L. Jade Halliburton of Crossett will serve one year, receive scholarships

9/4/2013 at 12:00 a.m.

Twenty FFA members from throughout the country, including two from Arkansas, have been selected to serve on the National FFA Organization’s 2013-14 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team. 

Ashton Dawson of Bentonville and L. Jade Halliburton of Crossett, along with their 18 teammates, underwent specialized training Aug. 5-9 in Greensboro, N.C., to learn how to best advocate for agriculture and agricultural education throughout the nation. Each ambassador must complete a minimum of 30 hours of presentations to businesses, schools, community groups and more. They will also facilitate seminars and workshops to audiences of all ages interested in learning more about the agriculture industry.

Together, this group of ambassadors help increase public understanding of the food, fiber and natural resources industry; promote awareness of the scientific, economical and mechanical resources needed to produce a safe and reliable food source; increase awareness of career opportunities in the agriculture industry for collegiate students and the general public and help provide growth opportunities in leadership, facilitation and the agricultural industry for the collegiate agriculture ambassador team.

Those selected as ambassadors were chosen in early July after submitting an application to the program and participating in an interview process. Each ambassador will serve a year in their role and receive a $1,000 scholarship for their efforts that can be used toward tuition and other school expenses.

The 2013-14 National Collegiate Ambassador program is sponsored by Syngenta, BASF and Cargill.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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