Indianapolis Selected as National FFA Convention & Expo Host Through 2024

The National FFA Organization announced Wednesday that it will be moving its National FFA Convention & Expo to Indianapolis for 2016-2024.

“We are excited to be bringing the National FFA Convention & Expo back to Indianapolis,” said National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown. “The city has extended its very best brand of Hoosier Hospitality to our members in the past, and we look forward to spending the next few years in this city.” 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

Chevron’s Delo Tractor Restoration Competition

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Chevron is happy to announce its 2013 Delo tractor restoration contest!

Beginning in April, teams will find and restore a tractor, and twelve finalist teams will compete at the National FFA Convention & Expo this fall in Louisville, Ky.

Participants develop teamwork, project management, budget management and marketing skills.

The 2013 contest features more than $20,000 in prizes, so log on to http://www.delotractorrestorationcompetition.com for details on how to get involved.

 

FFA Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

FFA members and alumni submitted so many lovely stories this week at our FFA Connect website. We’ll share a few of our favorites with you throughout the day.

First,  a story of best friends who met through FFA, lost contact for a few years, and then reunited via Facebook. It was submitted to us by Shelby Thompson of Cairo, Georgia.

It was the year 2007 I believe, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  My first National FFA convention. 

Our group, from Grady County, stayed at a huge hotel with the indoor pool and pool tables.  Our first night there, we were playing pool with some other FFA kids when I met Tyler from Irwin County. 

I remember going to the meetings and sitting in the hallways in the evenings at the hotel just talking to one another, learning about each other. 

We parted after that week in Indiana. He didn’t have a phone, or any other way for me to keep in touch. Throughout the remainder of our high school FFA years, we would always run into each other at state conventions and competitions and would talk as though we had never been apart.

Then 2009 rolled around: graduation.  It was a slightly sad moment for me.  I was president of our chapter senior year, and I was going to greatly miss everything about FFA; especially being able to see–as I called him– my best friend. 

The years went by and I always wondered what he was up to, and how he was doing. 

One day in the beginning of 2012, I finally found him on Facebook. I found out that  I had been living and working  right down the road from him! And, I was always traveling through his hometown, hauling horses and hitting rodeos.  It was insane to think we were so close all along. 

We exchanged numbers and it was like we never skipped a beat.  We’ve been dating ever since and going strong. 

I thank the Lord for letting me have the privilege of being in FFA, giving me all the great opportunities I’ve been given and letting me meet such great, life long friends.  If it wasn’t for FFA, I’d have never met my best friend and the love of my life.  

Do you also have a great story about your FFA experience? Submit it to us at www.connectffa.org.

 

3 days, 10,000 volunteers, 1,000,000 meals

Last week, 10,000 FFA members packed 1,000,000 millions during the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger. American Family Insurance was there, and put together this great video to explain what it meant to lend a hand…

It’s here!

National FFA Convention and Expo Blog

Today is the BIG DAY! The first day of the National FFA Convention & Expo!

Here are a few of today’s highlights:

NoonNational FFA Expo Grand Opening
2:30 p.m.Grand March
12:50 – 4:50 p.m.Rally to Fight Hunger
4 p.m.Opening Session 1A
3-5 p.m.Collegiate and Alumni Career Fair
5 – 7:30 p.m.FFA Alumni Tailgate and Benefit Auction
7:15 p.m.Opening Session 1B (Watch Live on iHigh)
9:30 p.m.The Band Perry, with special guest Brantley Gilbert
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Introducing Flyte: the new FFA mascot

 

For the first time in its 85-year history, the National FFA Organization has an official mascot – an adorable, approachable, feathery and highly playful great horned owl.

Flyte the Owl is the chief brand ambassador of the National FFA Organization and arrives in town tomorrow to help kick off the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo.

The seven-foot-tall character has a busy week of appearances at special events and functions at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and several other venues throughout the city.

Flyte was created to serve as a head-turning champion for FFA and agricultural education. He’ll help spread the message that today’s FFA helps develop knowledge and skills that students need as they prepare for careers in science, business, marketing, food production or any of the more than 300 agriculture-related fields that exist today.

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Making History

Cain Thurmond, National FFA Southern Region Vice President, talks about how he was recently inspired by some of FFA’s history-makers, and explains how you might be able to make history yourself.