Annual Iowa FFA Convention Is April 14-15

Around 5,000 Iowa FFA members will attend 80th annual Iowa FFA Leadership Conference at Ames.

FFA members across Iowa will be celebrating over 80 years of success when they gather for the 80th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference on April 14 and 15 in Ames. "They will participate in an exciting career fair, compete in career development events and receive numerous awards for the outstanding difference they make in their homes and communities," says Sarah Beaver, state FFA reporter from Clarinda. The two-day conference will be held in Hilton Coliseum.

The annual conference will give high school agriculture students the opportunity to participate in career development competitions, be recognized for participation in events during the past year, become inspired by motivational speakers, interact with college and business professionals and develop new leadership skills. Chapter delegates and Iowa FFA officers will also conduct the annual business session to make decisions for the student run Iowa FFA Association.

Sessions feature interesting speakers

Several exciting guests will be present at the 2008 Iowa FFA Leadership Conference. These include keynote speaker Scott Greenberg. The National FFA officer who will deliver an address is Kari Boettcher, western region vice president from Oregon. Visit www.agiowa.org for information.

The conference is sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Credit Services of America through the Iowa FFA Foundation.

The Iowa FFA Association has 228 local chapters with over 12,000 FFA members. FFA is a national organization of over 490,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business, and technology of agriculture. Local, state, and national programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. FFA's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through ag education.

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