Howdy, Tennessee FFA!

This week, FFA members from across Tennessee have traveled as much as 500 miles to the State FFA Convention to Gatlinburg, Tenn. in the hills of the Smokey Mountains.  We hope everyone will have an unforgettable time!

Curious to know more about the great state of Tennessee? Find out the facts:

  • More than 3,000 blue jackets will flood the streets of Gatlinburg this week to participate in contests, visit the career show and network with other FFA members from all regions of the state.
  • The eight state FFA officers and full-time college students visited nearly 100 chapters in less than 200 days!
  • Tennessee is home to one of the oldest leadership camps in the United States, Camp Clements founded in 1934.
  • Farming and forestry dominate Tennessee’s landscape with farm production occurring on nearly 80,000 farms.
  • The Tennessee FFA Association has gained more than 600 members this past year.
  • The state nickname, “The Volunteer State,” came from the record number of volunteer soldiers during the War of 1812 and the Mexican War. Likewise, FFA members show their “Volunteer Pride” by raising thousands of dollars for various charities, working countless volunteer hours and embodying the phrase “Living to Serve.”

To learn more about Tennessee agriculture and FFA, check out the State Convention Media Vault. Read about member’s success stories, watch videos from guest speakers and tune into the Livestreaming feed of sessions at the 84th Annual Tennessee State FFA Convention at http://tnstateffaconvention.wordpress.com.

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