FFA develops online channel

Following the successful live broadcast of its 2011 National FFA Convention, the National FFA Organization has decided to take up permanent residence on the iHigh.com platform with its own channel.

The FFA Channel, which will be powered by Alltech and iHigh, will capitalize on the latest in Web technology to bring greater unity to their membership base, which is more than a half-million students strong throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The ability of a Web channel to provide such a platform was exemplified in the October live broadcast of 2011 National FFA Convention, which was attended by more than 53,000 attendees and joined live on the Internet by an additional 550,000 viewers who would have otherwise missed the experience.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that this channel will afford our members,” said Dwight Armstrong, chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization. “Having an FFA iHigh channel will create another vehicle for us to share the FFA message of premier leadership, personal growth and career success.”

In a nod to social Web trends, FFA has entered into a licensing agreement with Alltech, which will allow an element of personalization for state and local chapters. Each state chapter will have their own site, which may be used to highlight awards banquets and other special events. Likewise, each local chapter will be integrated into their high school’s site, creating a platform for the promotion of agriculture with a distinct community-focused tone.  Because of the unique business model, all sites have the ability to generate revenue for their organization.

“Once again FFA has taken a leadership position in the field of agriculture,” said Billy Frey, Senior Vice President of the Alltech/iHigh Joint Venture. “FFA chapters around the country can bridge the urban – rural divide by giving anyone with a computer an inside view to the world of agriculture.  Many states such as New Hampshire and Minnesota already are spreading FFA’s message by broadcasting their state conventions live and on-demand.”

Considered the Global Youth Network, iHigh.com is designed to provide free feature-rich Web services to schools, students and youth organizations, and enables live broadcast of events, mobile broadcasting, unlimited photo uploads and more. Using iHigh.com’s unique feature-rich Web and broadcast platform, high schools and organizations such as the FFA, the National High School Rodeo Association, USA Swimming, iHoops and many others are able to share their events in real time with a global audience that can access the streaming video on any computer or mobile device. Currently, iHigh receives 1.6 million unique visitors per month with a year over year growth of 200 percent.

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