The Edinburg Economedes FFA Chapter received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating at the 82nd annual Texas FFA Convention held here July 13-16.

The Gold Emblem rating is only bestowed upon the top 10 percent of FFA chapters in Texas. Gold Emblem FFA chapters advance to the national level to be judged for the National FFA Chapter Contest.

Chapters that received the Gold Emblem rating actively implement the FFA mission and strategies. These chapters improved their chapter operations by using a Program of Activities, which emphasizes student, chapter and community development.

The 82nd annual Texas FFA Convention recorded 11,120 members and guests. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA is the nationís largest state FFA association with a membership of approximately 74,000 and more than 1,000 local chapters.

FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA Association visit