Students from across Alabama are traveling to Auburn and Montgomery this week to participate in exciting competitions, career expos, and much more at the 2016 Alabama FFA State Convention, June 7-10.
More than 2,000 students and teachers will attend this week’s state convention, which is being held at Auburn University (June 7), and at Montgomery’s Renaissance Convention Center (June 8-10).
FFA is devoted to preparing students for careers in agriscience-related occupations. It has been estimated that one out of every five Americans is employed in the critical food, fiber, and natural resource industries of agriculture. Students will have an opportunity to earn awards in 80 different competition areas including forestry, landscaping, wildlife management, and prepared public speaking. Top competition winners will represent Alabama at the upcoming National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.
“Nationally, the FFA organization serves more than 600,000 high school, college, and professional members – we are focused on preparing students for a lifetime of success,” says FFA Executive Secretary Philip Paramore. “Students attending this year’s convention will test their skills in exciting state-level competitions, build their leadership skills in fun convention workshops, and network with peers and professionals from across the country.”
Highlights of Tuesday’s state competition (Auburn) include: Aquaculture, Livestock, Safe Tractor Driving, Agricultural Mechanics, Creed Speaking, Horse Evaluation, Nursery/Landscape, Meats Evaluation, Floriculture, Agricultural Construction and Maintenance, Extemporaneous Speaking, Small Engines, Prepared Public Speaking, Veterinary Science, Forestry, Parliamentary Procedure, and the Poultry competition – all starting at 9 a.m.
Wednesday’s events (at the Renaissance Convention Center) include: the String Band Finals at 9 a.m.; Opening Session at 2 p.m.; Star Farmer Ceremony and the awarding of Alabama’s Honorary State FFA Degrees at 7 p.m. Also, on Thursday, state competition winners will be recognized during two awards ceremonies, starting at 8:30 a.m., and 7 p.m.
The National FFA Convention is the largest gathering of students in the world and the third largest convention in the United States – similar in size to the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Alabama currently has nearly 15,000 FFA members.
Sponsors of this year’s Alabama FFA Convention include the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Alabama Ag Credit, Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Agribusiness Council, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Alabama Beef Check-Off, Alabama Contract Poultry Grower Association, Alabama Council of Cooperatives, Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Forestry Association, Alabama FFA Foundation, Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, Alabama Rural Electric Association, Alabama Sheriffs Association, Alabama Veterinary Association, Alabama Wildlife Federation, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Auburn University Agricultural Alumni Association, Auburn University Collegiate FFA Chapter, Cargill Nutrena Feed Division, Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Fruit Association, First South Farm Credit, Home Builders Association of Alabama, Slidell Oil Company, Legacy Brotherhood of Auburn University, Redmond Machinery, River Brite Citrus, Sarah Murchison, Southeastern Livestock Exposition, Southern Heritage Farms, Southern States Cooperatives, CSX Transportation, USDA NRCS, USDA Rural Development and Thompson Tractor Company.
Alabama’s career and technical education (CTE) programs offer students opportunities to participate in seven different student organizations including FFA.
To learn more about Alabama’s FFA Association, contact Philip Paramore, Alabama FFA Executive Secretary, at (334) 844-5595
or visit the Alabama FFA website at www.alabamaffa.org
Media Contact: Ed Crenshaw