Future Farmers of America (FFA) is a youth organization that focuses on career success, personal growth and prepares members for leadership in the future through agricultural education.

FFA recently held their 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo from October 28-31, 2019. This Convention & Expo is held every year to celebrate the accomplishments of FFA members and give them inspiration for their upcoming goals.  The event brings in motivational keynote speakers, concerts, workshops and more.

Andrew Dardini, head of Agriculture Department at Lebanon High School, has attended the National FFA Convention for five consecutive years.  He enjoys seeing the career show, the colleges and ag suppliers set up with their booths.  This is similar to the commercial building exhibits at the Boone County 4H Fair.

“I think that the National FFA Convention provides an excellent opportunity for FFA members to learn and network with other FFA members around the country,” said Dardini.

Senior Kenzie Fouts got to experience the National FFA Convention for the first time ever this year. Her favorite part about the convention was getting to meet new people from different states and shopping at the stores.

“By the end of the convention, I learned about what it really means to wear the blue jacket,” said Fouts.

Like Fouts, senior Austin Wright also attended the National FFA Convention for the first time ever this year.  Out of everything they did, hearing the keynote speaker talk was his favorite part.

“I learned about how much FFA has impacted peoples’ outlook on future jobs they choose in life,” said Wright.

Senior Taylar Dale has went to the National FFA Convention for the past three years of her FFA career. Like Fouts, she also enjoys meeting tons of people from multiple states and getting the chance to interact with other FFA members.

“Over the past three years of attending the National FFA Convention, I learned that FFA is really just one big family,” said Dale.

Senior Jacob Winger has gone to the National FFA Convention for two years now.  He has learned from his experiences that so many people care about agriculture and are involved in the organization.

“My favorite part is walking around and networking with colleges and agriculture companies which are looking for students to hire,” said Winger.

Junior Bethany Wilson attended both the 2018 and 2019 National FFA Conventions.  She has learned that there are many different opportunities in FFA because of the convention.  Wilson always learns a lot about job opportunities and new technology in agriculture at the expo.

“My favorite part is getting to hear from inspiring speakers in the sessions and hanging out with my friends at the expo,” said Wilson.

Sophomore Abi McKibben went to the National FFA Convention for only a year.  Like Dardini, her favorite part of the experience was getting to see the booths set up.

“From going to the convention, I have learned that there are many jobs involved in the FFA world,” said McKibben.

Both National FFA Convention & Expo and FFA in general gives its members opportunities to meet new people, learn new things and experience great things with agriculture. Visit www.ffa.org to find more information about FFA.