- On November 14, 2017
Richard T. Crowder of Blacksburg, Virginia received an Honorary American FFA Degree on Friday, October 27. Awarded to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment, the degree was given out during the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
Crowder is an adjunct professor in Virginia Tech’s Agricultural and Applied Economics Department and senior executive with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, on a domestic and international scale. Previously, he served the Office of the United States Trade Representative as the ambassador and chief agricultural negotiator responsible for conducting global trade negotiations. He is also a former President & CEO of ASTA.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.