Commissioner Hugh Weathers: State FFA Convention 2019

The South Carolina FFA Association 92nd Annual State Convention took place last week at Clemson University. The S.C. state FFA chapters all gathered for three days of excitement and education. Commissioner Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about this event.

  • The convention brings together over 1,000 students. Over the course of three days, scholarships are presented, awards are given, and the next year’s state officers are installed.
  • As most know, “FFA” is the abbreviation for Future Farmers of America, an organization that has been around since 1928 to promote leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
  • One of the goals of the program is to educate students and inform them that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting—it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.
  • FFA membership today is comprised of 669, 989 student members who belong to one of 8,630local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • In SC, there are 120 local FFA chapters and all chapters are represented at the state convention
  • The SC FFA state convention that took place this past week not only is a chance to honor these hardworking students, but also gives us the opportunity to reach out to the next generation.
  • Agribusiness is the number one industry in the state, and we will need young people to carry on the many jobs offered within the industry.
  • SCDA Staff members serve as judges for different competitions that incorporate skills such as ag research, public speaking, and debate. We are proud to say one of SCDA’s interns, Mariah Swygert, has served as the FFA State Secretary and was able to attend the convention and receive recognition.
  • We also present the attendance award. Every 10 students that attend from one chapter is entered once. The chapter with the most attending students is given the opportunity to come and have dinner at my house with both Ms. Blanche and me.