Patricia Barber, associate professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics, was awarded an Honorary American FFA Degree at the 84th National FFA Convention that took place in Indianapolis from Oct. 19-22.
The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA, formerly Future Farmers of America, through outstanding personal commitment. All recipients will receive a certificate and medal and their names will be permanently recorded.
In a release accompanying the announcement of her honorary degree, Barber was cited as having a huge influence on the training of current agricultural teachers in Delaware and other states. The assistance that she has provided to the Delaware FFA through acting as a judge and through hosting state and national officer visits during her time at UD was also highlighted.
Always wanting to help make her students better teachers, the release states that her students consider her much more than a teacher. “They consider her a mentor and someone they can call on outside the classroom. Many continue to call on Pat as they begin their teaching careers. Her easy manner, upbeat, and caring attitude have helped many a beginning teacher get through that first year. Many stay in touch with her as they get married and begin their own families. This is a testament as to how much she cares for students.”
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 wellbeing of the national organization. The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond the valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members—all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture—as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The 84th National FFA Convention drew over 50,000 FFA members, advisors, and guests from across the country. 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.
Members of the National FFA Board of Directors approved the nomination.