Welcome, everyone, to the 84th National FFA Convention!

The convention main stage inside of Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse during rehearsals

Can you believe it? We’re back at it again here in Indianapolis, celebrating the talents and accomplishments of FFA members nationwide, at the 84th National FFA Convention. This year’s theme? Just take a look at the fancy logo on the right: “I Believe.”

We’ve already started the first rounds of competition for national finalists in Career Development Events, and the 197,000-square foot Agricultural Career Show opens today at 12:30pm. Then, today at 4:00pm/ET the first general session kicks off the 84th version of this terrific tradition in the best way possible.

Don’t let the official start date of convention — today, Oct. 19 — fool you. Folks in downtown Indianapolis started seeing the iconic corduroy jacket over the weekend as 38 National Officer Candidates put all of their hard work and preparation on the line during interviews for the most prestigious FFA office.

Monday, 475 delegates from each FFA state association got to work in Indianapolis on the key issues they’re charged with handling. The delegates serve as a congress of FFA, making decisions about programs, rules and more through a parliamentary process. 90 of those delegates even took part in the first ever social media training to be held at a national FFA convention, thanks to support from Rabo AgriFinance and AdFarm.

On this blog, we’ll be updating you as we go with quick stories here, there and everywhere about all of the convention proceedings and events. We have an entire newsroom crew dedicated to telling the story of the 84th National FFA Convention. Here’s hoping that you can enjoy the ride!

We’ll be updating you in several places other than this blog, too. Including:

facebook.com/nationalffa
twitter.com/nationalffa
twitter.com/FFA_CareerShow

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2 comments on “Welcome, everyone, to the 84th National FFA Convention!

  1. I recieved the American Farmer Degree from Vermont in 1947. It was a great reward and have carried the memory many years. I am writing about my Dairy Farm in Vermont in 1950. After some experimenting and farming Organic and the conventional way I changed to all Organic in 1953. In 1958 I won the New England in Winter Green Pastures Contest over several farmers all using chemicals. The book I was encouraged to write before my practices were lost was published last March. Learned by the Fencepost is the title and can be reviewed on Amazon. It is a story, information and education book. I am a lay person so it is very easy reading. I would like to have it reviewed by the Nationall Future Farmers. I will send one if you can give me a name and address. Organic is growing 20% a year and can be done as I have proven. I did not do it on a large scale farm so that might be a problem on a bigger scale. In the 1950′s organic was not popular and was scorned allot for doing it but I had great success. I never gave up and have great success here in Goode, Virginia all Organic and no insects or blite. Donald E. Lewis

  2. Hope FFA had a wonderful convention. I so wish I had been a part of an organization such as thing one. We need more students to be a part of these and show leadership and take initiative in their communities. Thanks FFA for always doing your part in helping develop student leaders.

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