Each year at the national FFA convention, up to 475 delegates convene to debate and vote on issues that effect FFA members across the country.
Here are the issues that will be considered at this year’s national FFA convention. They were decided upon this past week by officers in attendance at the State Presidents’ Conference.
- Creation of a Discussion Meet
Explore a discussion based career development event focused on topics related to agriculture.
- Evaluation of Proficiency Award Areas
Explore expanding current, or creating new, proficiency award areas inclusive of students engaged in urban agriculture or food service.
- Agricultural Equipment Operation and Safety
Explore the creation of a career development event which addresses agricultural equipment operation and safety.
- Creation of an Agricultural Summit
Explore the development of an experience that engages students in agricultural advocacy and industry.
- Agricultural Education Career Development Event
Explore the creation of a national agricultural education career development event based on the skills, competencies, and knowledge required for a career as an agricultural educator.
- Aquaculture Career Development Event
Explore the creation of an event that prepares students for a career in the aquaculture industry.
A record-setting, unrestricted cash contribution of $1 million was given by RFD Communications, Inc., to the National FFA Foundation during the FFA State Presidents’ Conference at U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington, D.C., July 26, 2012.
Patrick G. Gottsch, founder and president of RFD Communications, Inc., Omaha, Neb., presented the check to National FFA President Ryan Best, who accepted the contribution on behalf of the 540,379-member agricultural student organization and the foundation. Joining Best were his five fellow national FFA officers and 104 state presidents and officers representing 52 state FFA associations including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The officers were participating in a weeklong conference discussing major issues and preparing for the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis this October.
After a week of listening to amazing speakers, touring agricultural facilities in Iowa, and interacting with future leaders of the agricultural industry, the New Century Farmer conference came to a close. The potential of the students who attended this year’s conference was phenomenal. Fifty young agriculturalists representing twenty four states came together with the same passions and interests to plan for the future of their operations. During their time in Des Moines, the students also created a vision for their operations. Their visions encompassed how they plan to succeed in the industry as the demand for agricultural products continues to increase. The knowledge gained at the New Century Farmer conference planted a seed for all the participants, which will challenge them to grow and be successful as emerging leaders in the agricultural industry.
We’ve selected 16 finalists for the organization’s top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience!
These awards recognize students who have accomplished amazing things through their FFA activities and agricultural education courses.
Each star finalist receives $2,000 from the National FFA Foundation and earns the opportunity to participate in an international experience tour to Costa Rica.
A panel of judges will interview the finalists and select one winner for each award at the 85th National FFA Convention, October 24-27, in Indianapolis, In. Winners will receive an additional $2,000 award.
The finalists are…
In this week’s FFA Podcast, DeLoss Jahnke talks with Kent Schescke, National FFA Director of Strategic Partnerships, about the current farm bill legislation whether it will continue to allow funding for FFA programs.
FFA Podcast for Thursday, July 19