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FFA: We are the future. We are the seeds.

The 85th Annual FFA Convention & Expo recently took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. FFA student members from Utah joined FFA chapters across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to “GROW”—the theme for the convention. FFA student members grew from hearing from a variety of motivational speakers who encouraged them to work hard, not give up, prepare for the future, make a difference in their community, and to be a positive example and serve others.

Utah FFA State Officers

During the convention FFA student members competed in a variety of competitive events. Events are educational activities in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in Agricultural Education classes. Utah students competed with confidence, dignity, and pride. UtahCTE.org congratulates each FFA student member who competed in each event.

2012 National FFA Agriscience Fair – 1st place winners
Animal Systems Division 1
Kaitlin Hallam, Spanish Fork High School

Environ Services/Natural Resource Systems Division 3
Kalynn Webb and Savannah Allison, Lehi High School

The complete list of National Convention Agriscience Fair participants can be viewed HERE.

2012 Agricultural Proficiency Award – 1st place winner
Small Animal Production and Care – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Katelyn Scott, American Fork FFA Chapter

The complete list of Agricultural Proficiency finalists and participants can be viewed HERE.

Career Development Event (CDE) Team and Individual Awards
The complete list of CDE team and individual awards can be viewed HERE.

At the convention, FFA members from across the country, along with local volunteers, packaged more than one million meals for the Indianapolis community and families around the world in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger. Helping package meals is just one way to fight hunger. Having the conversation on how to fight hunger is another. “Go back to your communities and learn what’s going on. Find out who is addressing hunger. Reach out to your community food bank, anyone that might be talking about it,” said Cindy Hubert, Gleaners Food Bank President and CEO.

There are over 540,000 FFA members in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA 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 agricultural education.

For more information about FFA, visit ffa.org. FFA can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and on the official National FFA Organization blog.

 We grow and we do it together. We are the future. We are the seeds.

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