North Carolina had a big presence recently at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Josh Bledsoe, state coordinator for FFA says there was a record attendance at the convention with over 56,000, and NC students captured first place in two categories:
“We had some great participation from our state including some first place winners in career development events. We had a team from Southern Alamance High School, they placed first in the nation in nursery landscape career development event and the environmental and natural resources team from Bartett Yancy, they placed first in the nation also.”
Other awards were won by North Carolina FFA students as well, according to Bledsoe:
“We had three proficiency award finalists. Our chapter from Rosewood, as a model of innovation finalist in the national chapter award competition. We had 33 students earn their American FFA degrees.”
NC FFA students were also showcased on RFD TV:
“North Carolina was selected as one of four states to have 15 minutes on RFD TV. We were able to showcase our students that were at the national conventional, delegates and state officers. They were able to share what we are doing in NC and that was shared on satellite cable televisions across the world.”
In addition to a record attendance at the national convention, North Carolina had the largest attendance in more than 30 years according to Bledsoe.
And what does Bledsoe attribute this surge in membership to?
“Our ag teachers do a wonderful job in the local agricultural education programs in talking about the benefits of membership. The growth is also attributed to the quality of the programs that we offer at the state and national level. And I think that young people want to be a part of something of value and that they can see benefit from. On the local, state and national levels, students are seeing those opportunities and value of membership. Our enrollment in agricultural education courses continues to grow as well.”
For more about the National FFA convention, visit FFA.org.
For a full list of the NC winner click here.