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Farm Credit Celebrates 'Rocktober' at the 2013 National FFA Convention

Farm Credit dubbed October ‘Rocktober’ in honor of the third straight year of executing the Farm Credit Rocks program to the National FFA Convention and Expo, an annual celebration of the next generation of farmers, ranchers and advocates for rural America, which kicked off on Wednesday and will run through tomorrow in Louisville, Ky.

Those who weren’t able to make it to Louisville have been following the conversation online on Facebookand Twitter using the hashtags #FarmCreditRocks and #Rocktober. Here are a few of the activities Farm Credit participated in during the 2013 FFA Convention:

  • Farm Credit Rocks: All FFA Expo attendees were invited to stop by the Farm Credit booth to rock out on stage, spin the prize wheel and learn more about career opportunities at Farm Credit.
  • American Degree: More than 3,500 FFA members received American Degrees during this year's award ceremony. Recipients, representing less than half of one percent of all FFA members, have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the organization and have made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Congratulations to Farm Credit's own Mike Flesher from American Ag Credit on his Honorary American Degree.
  • Collegiate Career Fair: Collegiate FFA aims to create premier leaders, enable personal growth and ensure career success. Visitors to the Farm Credit and CoBank booths had the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career and internship opportunities available at Farm Credit nationwide.
  • We Are FFA: The interactive “We Are FFA” room provided FFA members an opportunity to let their voices be heard through participation in individual and state competitions. We Are FFA strives to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers everyone to achieve the highest potential without fear, prejudice or bias.

Farm Credit associations and banks across the nation contribute to FFA chapters at a local and regional level, and Farm Credit’s National Contributions program is proud to support FFA national programs on behalf of the entire Farm Credit System. In addition to the annual convention, Farm Credit supports the New Century Farmer program and the National FFA Alumni Development Conference.