Student named VP of National FFA Organization

Brennan Costello
Brennan Costello

UNL student Brennan Costello is one of six students from across the nation who will help lead the National FFA Organization in 2012-2013.

Costello, an agribusiness major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will serve as FFA Central Region vice president.

"We are very proud of Brennan," said Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska vice president and Harlan vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "He is a shining example of the outstanding students we have the opportunity to work with daily in the University of Nebraska's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The challenges of the 21st century demand the best and brightest of this generation to tackle them — the future is exceedingly bright with young people like Brennan Costello leading the way."

Costello was elected during the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis. He is one of four regional vice presidents; a secretary and president also were selected.

Costello was the 2011-12 Nebraska FFA president.

In the next year, the group will travel more than 100,000 miles across the country to engage top leaders in business, government and education. The national officers will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members. The team will help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.

"It takes a highly motivated person to become a successful national FFA officer," said Dwight Armstrong, National FFA Organization CEO. "It is an opportunity afforded to just a few of our members."

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

- Dan Moser, IANR News