More than 50,000 guests from across the country are in downtown Indianapolis for the 94e FFA Annual National Convention and Exhibition which runs until Saturday. Blue jackets are taking over the Indiana Convention Center today and many of them say “Indiana” on the back.
Indiana FFA Director Samantha Miller told the HAT that it was incredibly special for Indiana FFA members to have the national convention here in our backyard.
“When it comes to attending a national convention, if you’re in another state where it takes more money or more time to travel, fewer people have the opportunity to take advantage of the leadership development opportunities that will be performing over the next few days here in downtown Indy. Our students can even come for a day trip, which gives them the opportunity to come and fully experience the FFA National Convention.
Miller adds, “Some of them will even be freshmen, or even junior high school members, and that will be very special compared to other states. Which means it is going to be a very energizing experience for them and even a way for them to see all the opportunities they have to grow in the organization when they are just starting out in their agriculture program to see what are the possibilities. there for them and to connect with agriculture which is extremely important for their personal growth, but also for the state of Indiana as we need so many people to work in the talent pool for the ‘Agriculture. “
Miller says that for many Indiana FFA members, this could be their first trip out of their rural community to downtown Indianapolis.
“I hope they get the experience to see what there is else outside of their home communities and all that Indiana has to offer when they come downtown and see the companies that are here, Corteva, Elanco and others who are here in their own backyards, that they can stay in the state and continue to work in agriculture.
Union City native and former Indiana FFA reporter Derick Williams, a freshman at Notre Dame, is competing for one of six spots on the FFA National Officers’ Team. He passed the first round of interviews and is now one of the 21 finalists. The national officials team will be announced during the final session on Saturday at noon.