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

Collegiate FFA: Life After the Blue Jacket

By Kendall Herren

LOUISVILLE – Graduating from high school and finishing your FFA career can seem very daunting, but really, there are opportunities with the blue jacket even after you hang it up, including Collegiate FFA.

Collegiate FFA is an organization that offers a wide variety of support in leadership development, as well as getting more involved in the industry. The organization offers two different programs, one being the Ag Ambassadors program. Continue reading

At Convention, It’s an FFA Halloween Party

By Cassie Olson

LOUISVILLE — While thousands nationwide dress up to trick-or-treat, thousands of members of the National FFA Organization are dressed up in the blue corduroy. Although not the traditional Halloween celebration, those attending the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo are enjoying a Halloween party of their own! Continue reading

Jeff Simmons Challenges FFA Members to Break the Cycle of Hunger

By Michael Lotspeich

LOUISVILLE –“The one great equalizer of the human race, the one thing we all hold in common, is food,” Jeff Simmons remarked Friday morning at the Fourth General Session—“Serve All Out!” Continue reading