The Future Farmers of America intend to “float a higher profile at Tournament of Roses parade,” says a headline in USA Today. Why the heck not. As the paper reminds us, former President Jimmy Carter, Jim Davis (creator of the cartoon character Garfield), Willie Nelson (What would Willie do?), athlete Bo Jackson, Eagle Don Henley and platinum singer Taylor Swift (above) were all FFA members. If you got it, flaunt it.
“But the FFA is largely unknown on the East and West Coasts, especially in urban areas, even though it has chapters in such big cities as New York and a growing presence among big city charter schools,” writes Doug Stranglin. So the FFA decided it needed to up its image by putting together its first Rose Parade float.
The float will be sponsored by RFD-TV. RFD’s founder, Patrick Gottsch says the goal is to “connect and educate the urban world about the positive aspects of rural America.” Oh, and by the way, there are no records to show that Ashton Kutcher was an FFA member, no matter what Wikipedia says.