EPA signs agreement with National Future Farmers of America on Environmental Education

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has signed a first-time Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization to advance educational outreach for EPA's ongoing environmental and public health initiatives.

"Today's MOU will expand EPA's environmental education programs to an important and diverse new audience: the National FFA Organization's 670,000 student members," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "The MOU reflects the importance of agricultural practices in promoting environmental stewardship and builds on our recent collaborations with America's farmers and ranchers."

"This agreement between FFA and EPA recognizes how FFA members are ready to be leaders in environmental fields," said National FFA President Luke O'Leary. "Whether it's studying pH levels in soil or running experiments to reduce water runoff, we're active stewards in preserving and enhancing the resources needed to grow our food."EPA will continue to work with FFA to ensure environmental education is learned and practiced by all Americans to achieve EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment. 

Background: The National FFA organization is made up of more than 670,000 student members as part of local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. The FFA's 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.

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Source: U.S. EPA