Why You Should Go to the National FFA Convention and Expo
Going to the National FFA Convention is more than just going to sessions. There are many opportunities to strengthen your skills on advocating for agriculture and to learn about the future in agriculture.
Going to the concert on the Wednesday night of Convention is not only fun, but an amazing opportunity to meet FFA members from across the country. Talking to members from other states is a great way to learn about agriculture in different parts of the country. It is amazing to see how agriculture varies from coast to coast.
Career Success Tours
Going on a Career Success Tour is not only another great way to meet members from across the country, but you can also learn about ag careers and ag technologies from large companies and businesses. There are a wide range of options for Career Success Tours, from Corteva Agrosciences to Eskenazi Hospital’s Sky Farm, there is something that is sure to interest you.
Cinch’s World’s Toughest Rodeo
The Rodeo is not only cool to watch, but is also fun to see the FFA Advisor Dance Contest, wondering what the Rodeo Clown will do next, or see how FFA impacted some of those who are a part of the Rodeo. Bull Riding to Trick Riding, there are many skills that are displayed at Cinch’s World’s Toughest Rodeo.
Days of Service
Days of Service is an amazing experience. There are many options for Days of Service, but it is more than that. It amazing to work alongside FFA members from coast to coast to complete a project and help an area business.
Last but not least, the Expo. The Expo is always filled with lots of thing to see and do. You can buy something from the FFA Mega Store, explore colleges, win cool prizes, and so much more. For example, you can go get a free scoop of frozen custard from Culver’s, win prizes from various booths, or learn about something you didn’t know. Going through the AgriScience Fair is a great way to see research for ag issues from across the nation, all in one place. Also, the Hall of States is a great way to learn about all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all in one place. Stopping at different booths is a great way to learn about new ag products, win free stuff, and even an opportunity to meet professionals and get tips for projects, fundraisers, SAE’s (Supervised Agricultural Experience), CDE’s (Career Development Events), LDE’s (Leadership Development Events), and much, much more.
Going to the National FFA Convention & Expo is such an amazing opportunity, and I would recommend it to anyone who can make it there. It can be overwhelming to see the “Sea of Blue” for the first time, but once your there, you realize that you truly are part of something bigger than yourself. National Convention is a true picture of “...from Alaska to the Virgin Islands, and from the State of Maine to Hawaii.”
-Guest Blogger, Camille Thopy
I'’m Camille Thopy, and I’m proud to serve as your 2018 Shelby County Indiana’s America’s Junior Miss Agribusiness. I’m an 8th Grade student at Southwestern Jr./Sr. High School. I currently serve as Reporter for the Southwestern-Shelby (County) FFA Chapter. I compete in various Career Development Events (CDE’s) and Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). In 4-H, I show Quarter Horses, Red Angus Cattle, Sheep, Boer Goats, and an Alpaca. On our farm, we grow about 750 acres of corn and soybeans.
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