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From the Field: Farm Credit Rocked the National FFA Convention Expo

From the Field: Farm Credit Rocked the National FFA Convention Expo

A record-setting 64,409 FFA members and chapter leaders from across the United States gathered in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 for four days of leadership, personal growth and entertainment during the 87th annual National FFA Convention & Expo.

Farm Credit is sponsor of the National FFA Convention through the National Contributions Program and returned to the Expo floor for the fourth straight year with an updated Farm Credit Rocks program. Expo attendees were invited to stop by and kick up their heels with Country Dance All Stars, spin the prize wheel and learn more about career opportunities with Farm Credit. The booth featured an interactive photo opportunity; attendees who downloaded their photo and posted it to Twitter or Instagram using #FarmCreditRocks were entered to win the grand prize. Congratulations to our winner Destiny Cox from Kentucky!

In addition, more than 1,700 attendees completed a brief iPad survey at the Farm Credit booth. When asked about their plans after graduation, 31 percent indicated that they plan on pursuing a career in agriculture education, and 20 percent of survey respondents live in urban areas.

Representatives from CoBank, Farm Credit Bank of Texas and Farm Credit Mid-America were on hand at the Collegiate Career Fair to meet with attendees who were interested in career and internship opportunities across the System. Farm Credit also sponsored the We Are FFA booth that provided FFA members the opportunity to let their voices be heard regarding inclusiveness within the organization by finishing a phrase on a white board. After members finished sentences such as “I advocate for agriculture by…” and “I am welcoming to others by…” their photo was taken and displayed in the booth.

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, the Washington Leadership Conference – which was recently featured on NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen -- and the National FFA Alumni Development Conference.