Throughout this past year over 8,000 FFA members in 167 chapters have been living by one simple word - “Grow.” From developing Supervised Agricultural Experiences to enhancing skills in Career Development Events, members have shown a desire for continual growth and improvement this year. We are excited to recognize their achievements at the 85th Kansas FFA Convention, where over 1,500 of these members will converge in celebration. The 85th Kansas FFA Convention will be held from Wednesday, May 29th through Friday, May 31st. It will take place in McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus.
The National FFA Organization’s mission is to develop students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Our convention theme, Grow, represents how Kansas FFA members strive to continually improve in each of these areas. As the leaders of our future each FFA member grows through hands-on experience, service, passion, and excellence. We are excited to recognize their accomplishments and instill in them an enthusiasm to keep achieving their goals. Throughout convention the theme will come to life as guests listen to the inspiring retiring addresses of the state FFA officer team and motivational speakers from across the country. Forty members will be awarded proficiency awards for accomplishing specific career goals in their supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs. The highest honor a state association can bestow, the State FFA Degree, will be awarded to 240 members. From the state degree recipients, a Star Farmer, a Star in Agricultural Placement and a Star in Agribusiness will be named - thus recognizing the best three SAE programs in the state.
"At the Kansas FFA Convention, members, parents, agribusiness leaders, advisors, and supporters come together to recognize and celebrate the members’ growth," said Emily Beneda, Kansas FFA president. "This success is based on the skills and knowledge that is gained and the passion these members possess for agriculture and leadership. It is inspiring; they are our leaders of the future.”
In addition to individual recognition, entire FFA chapters are recognized through National Chapter Awards and the Triple Crown Award. The coveted Triple Crown distinguishes the top state chapter in the areas of student, chapter and community development.
The final session of the convention marks the beginning of an exciting year for six extraordinary members who will be selected to serve the more than 8,300 Kansas FFA members as 2013-14 state officers.