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.
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.

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

Love Ag? Teach Ag!

By Cassie Olson

LOUISVILLE — Want to share your passion for agriculture for the rest of your life? How about travel, not just within your own state, but nationally and internationally, as well? Agricultural educators never have the same day twice, and that is something the 2014-2015 National Teach Ag Ambassadors are happy to tell you about. Continue reading

RFD-TV Provides New Opportunities to Engage FFA Members

By Michael Lotspeich

LOUISVILLE – This year, RFD-TV is providing unprecedented live coverage of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo. “We’ve been involved [with the convention] for 25 years and have broadcast the event for the last 14 years,” said RFD-TV President Patrick Gottsch.

These 30 full hours of live, gavel-to-gavel coverage follow a significant milestone in the National FFA Organization. Continue reading

National FFA Delegates Go All Out to Serve

By Cassie Olson

LOUISVILLE- Sarah Dornink knows something about advocating for agriculture…and the national FFA delegate process, too.

“The national delegate process affects where the organization goes,” Dornink, a delegate coordinator, said. “It’s a process that develops from the bottom up, beginning with the individual state associations, and ending in proposals to the National FFA Board of Directors.” Continue reading

Join RFD-TV Live at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

The benefits of the recently-announced long-term agreement between FFA and RFD-TV are already showing as the network brings unprecedented live coverage of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Not only will 30 hours of live, gavel-to-gavel coverage be shown on RFD-TV (and simulcast via FamilyNet, SiriusXM RURAL RADIO Channel 80 and, but the network has grown its footprint at the convention. For the first time ever, FFA members in Louisville will be able to join the fun of a festive live television broadcast just outside Freedom Hall. Continue reading

List: 2014-15 National FFA Officer Candidates

Jackson Harris puts on the National FFA Southern Region Vice President jacket for the first time in 2013.

The 87th National FFA Convention & Expo wraps Saturday with a bang as the new slate of national FFA officers is announced.

It’s always a bittersweet moment — seeing the current officers for the final time as we welcome a group of FFA ambassadors for a year of incomparable service. It’s an honor that many FFA members aspire to hold. Continue reading