National FFA Officer Team Turns Team Boyband at 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

We really shouldn’t be surprised that it happened — it was really always going to come to this after the election a year ago — but we’re a little surprised about how well it was choreographed.

Yeah, the 2013-14 National FFA Officer Team went full boy band Friday night at convention. Team Boyband. Continue reading

FFA Members Cultivate Superpowers for Health and Happiness


By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – Did you know you have superpowers? You do! It is within the realm of control to make healthy choices every day that can lead to a powerful future. In the “Cultivate Your Superpowers 101” workshop at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, FFA members acquired tools to help cultivate their inner wisdom to make wiser choices to unlock their natural superpowers.

Presenters Chaney Mosley and Anne Knapke explained to FFA members how overall health is a result of the choices we make. “We can embrace our inner wisdom to unlock the superpowers we have to be our best self every day. Our attitude and the choices we make are connected to our health,” Knapke said. Continue reading

Supporters and Delegates Mingle at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

By Abbey Nickel

LOUISVILLE – Rosemary O’Brien of CF Industries had only one word to describe the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.
“Wow.”
O’Brien was one of nearly a dozen supporters of the National FFA Foundation who took a tour with National FFA delegates through the National FFA Expo to show them the convention experience from a students’ perspective.
This is all so impressive,” O’Brien said. “The level of work and time these kids put into it is just incredible. It’s overwhelming.”
As the students guided the tour of the expo , delegates were able to get more information about different parts that make up the convention and expo.
“It’s an honor to meet people who have helped us to this extent,” Austin Standley, an FFA delegate, said. “Whether or not they know it, (our sponsors) have helped agriculture become what it is today.”

One of the stops they made along the tour was the FFA jacket stitching booth.

Vujicic Tells FFA Members to Shine and Be Kind

By Abbey Nickel

LOUISVILLE – He lives every day without arms or legs. For most people, that would be an obstacle to living a happy and meaningful life.  But for Nick Vujicic, his lack of limbs didn’t stop him from getting exactly what he wanted.  He used it to live a life dedicated to inspiring others and helping them overcome their own heartache.

Vujicic  served as the keynote speaker for the opening sessions of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, and used his trials and triumphs of living a life without arms or legs as an illustration to never give up – no matter how difficult the circumstances.

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Make-A-Wish Granted to Attend National FFA Convention & Expo

By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – Imagine if you could have one wish granted; what would it be? To meet a celebrity, travel to an exotic place, become wealthy or be famous for a day?

For FFA member Ashley Denslow of the Brandon FFA Chapter in Florida, her one wish was to attend the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., with her parents and best friend. Now, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the 17 year old has been granted her wish. Continue reading

Justin Moore and Easton Corbin Share Their Secrets to Career Success

By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – The KFC Yum! Center quickly filled with thousands of FFA members Wednesday evening during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in anticipation of country music sensations Justin Moore and Easton Corbin.  While their musical talent and flawless stage presence captivated the audience, the artists remind FFA members of the hard work behind stage to achieve career success. Continue reading

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Speaks at 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

By Michael Lotspeich

On Thursday morning, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack greeted FFA members at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. Vilsack, an Iowa native, spoke during Session 1C of the nation’s largest youth gathering.

Vilsack conferred the three major challenges facing agriculture today — the aging nature of farmers, diversity in agricultural leadership and the rapidly changing global climate. Continue reading

I Didn’t Know That Was Agriculture? National FFA Agriscience Fair Showcases Agriculture Careers

By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – The National FFA Organization recognizes agriculture is more than just the farm. Agriculture influences nearly every profession from the classroom to the farm, science lab to the grocery store. Continue reading