The 84th annual Minnesota State FFA Convention will bring more than 3,300 high school students to the University of Minnesota campus from April 28-30.
Students will have a number of opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills, gain career and agricultural knowledge and to gather new ideas from prominent agricultural leaders and fellow FFA members.
"FFA prepares young people to lead and solve the problems that confront our society. We're pleased to host this group of future leaders in the ag and natural resource communities," says Allen Levine, dean of the U-M College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
At the convention, FFA members and their chapters are recognized for their accomplishments over the past year. Ceremonies honor Minnesota FFA degree recipients, state proficiency award winners, and recognize the State Stars in entrepreneurship, placement, business and agri-science. Workshops on a wide variety of topics are taught by dozens of FFA alumni, business leaders and U-M faculty and staff.
FFA is a national youth organization of more than 523,000 student members. In Minnesota, more than 9,600 members participate in 176 chapters throughout the state. The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is a highly ranked research, teaching and outreach organization committed to helping solve problems through science.
More information about the college is available at www.cfans.umn.edu