CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 14, 2015 – Dr. Mike Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected to receive an Honorary American FFA Degree.
The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment and will be presented to Aide at the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky. Recipients will receive a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded.
“I am very thankful to the FFA for the honor,” said Aide. “Throughout my entire adult career, agriculture has represented to me one of the most noble of all occupations. I am delighted that by working in a university setting that I can instill that back in young people.”
The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation.
The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.
Members of the National FFA Organization’s board of directors approved the nomination.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.