Remembering Norman L. Knox
The Norman L. Knox endowment has been recently established with the Foundation. Norman L. Knox passed away April 27, 2020. He was extremely committed to the agriculture industry. He farmed cotton, alfalfa, small grains, corn, sugar beets and several varieties of native plants from seed for more than 50 years. Norm as many referred to him, was incredibly involved both in and out of the agriculture community serving on many boards. He was particularly proud to support FFA.

Cliff Saylor, past Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation President and friend of Norman shared, “Norm’s love for and support of the FFA was unquestioned. Having been an FFA member himself, Norm understood the lifelong benefits of lessons learned in Vocational Agriculture Education and the practical application of those lessons through the FFA. Norm truly believed in 'he promise of better days through better ways' as stated in the FFA Creed.” Read More
Donate a Gala Auction Item
The 5th annual Blue & Gold Gala will be here before you know it! We are seeking donations for the silent auction. If you have a product, service or would like to put a fun basket or package together to donate, we would greatly appreciate it! This is a great time to showcase your product or service to more than 600 attendees at 'The Biggest Night in Arizona Agriculture!'

To learn more about the gala visit

Be a part of the event through a donation by clicking on the link below! Donations deadline is December 1.
National FFA Convention
The 93rd National FFA Convention will be held virtually October 27-29, 2020 and broadcast on RFD TV. There are a few exclusive program areas accessible only through registration. Those programs include Teacher World, Members Corner, Alumni & College Corner and Blue Room. For more information and the convention schedule visit

Registration will close October 23 but remember, if you don't want access to those exclusive area's, you can watch the convention on RFD TV.
Arizona National FFA Officer Candidate
Kailee Zimmerman, 2019-2020 past Arizona Association FFA State Vice President will be representing Arizona as the 2020 National FFA Officer candidate. Kailee is a 2019 graduate of Trivium Preparatory Academy where she served as the FFA Chapter President 2016-2019.

Kailee was a member of the 2T Ranch Show Team. She raised and showed swine from the age 9 until she she was 18 and began raising and showing cattle since she was 11 years old. She is also a member of the Arizona Cowpunchers Reunion Association. She shared her passion for the cattle industry serving as the 2017 Arizona Junior Beef Ambassador and 2018 Arizona Beef Ambassador.

Kailee is going into her second year attending Oklahoma State University virtually and majoring in Ag communications with a Pre-Law focus.

We are very proud of Kailee Zimmerman, and wish her the best of luck!
14 Jackets Away from Reaching Goal!
We are only 14 jackets away from reaching our goal to award 100 jackets this year to Arizona FFA members! In the past two years the Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation through the generous contributions of donors has been able to donate 176 FFA Jackets to FFA members from across Arizona!

The jackets will be on display at the 5th annual Blue & Gold gala and then distributed to students just days later at the Spring Conference. This state competition will be the first time the FFA member will be able to wear their very own FFA jacket as they compete.

Through a contribution of $75, you can help us reach our goal and be a part of making a positive impact on a students life.
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FFA Career & Leadership Development
Career and Leadership Development Events develop college and career readiness skills. The competitive events serve as an outgrowth of instruction in the agricultural education classroom for FFA members. Students have the opportunity to compete at the District and State level. The state winning teams for those competitions which are recognized on the national level have the opportunity to compete in Indianapolis at the National FFA Convention.

Through Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events, participating FFA members are challenged to develop critical thinking skills and effective decision-making skills, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement.

Sponsorship opportunities are available this year in the following areas:
Career Development Events (CDE)
  • Agricultural Communications CDE
  • Agricultural Mechanics CDE
  • Aquaculture CDE
  • Entomology CDE
  • Forestry CDE
  • Poultry CDE
  • Wildlife CDE

Leadership Development Events (LDE)
  • Conduct of Meetings LDE Awards (Co-Support)
  • Marketing Plan LDE
  • Parliamentary Procedure LDE Awards (Co-Support)

If you or your company would like to learn more about supporting one of the programs please contact Rochell Planty at rochell@azffafoundation or 602-705-9211 for more information.                
Foundation Events & Fundraisers
The 5th annual Blue & Gold Gala, 'The Biggest Night in Arizona Agriculture,' presented by the Arizona Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services will be held February 20, 2021 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa. Grab your tickets early at
Grab your tickets for the FFA Raffle! Over $15,000 value in prizes this year! Six tickets for $100 or $20 each.
Grand Prize: John Deere Gator
1st Place: Stotz Package
2nd Place: Custom Grill
3rd Place: One-half beef processed and wrapped! Winning tickets drawn February 20, 2021.
Join us for the 7th Bustin' Clay for FFA Trap Shoot on May 15, 2021 at the Casa Grande Trap & Skeet. Experienced and novice participants welcome! Come out for a day of fun, meet new friends and support agriculture education and the FFA in Arizona. Sponsorship and registration information available at

Legacy gifts are often planned during one’s estate planning process. And while estate planning can be quite complex, it doesn’t have to be. For many, estate planning may simply be the execution of a will. If you’d like help accessing resources to help plan the distribution of your estate, please contact Rochell Planty at 602-705-9211 or
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