I have to say that FFA State convention turned out to be a huge success this year in Silverton, Oregon! While I wasn’t there wearing the most popular blue and gold attire, it was really fun to be involved again with an organization and event that brought back so many great memories. And brought back a lot of friends, so many people who I haven’t seen in ages were there, mostly as ag teachers and parents of current FFA-ers.
We were able to connect with many students and talk to them about how Young farmers and ranchers creates a unique opportunity to continue with leadership after graduation. We talked about how we have a few similar competitions, and provide a great way to keep in touch and network with other young farmers throughout the state and nation.
Our booth was very popular, probably mostly due to corn hole games and our giveaway of a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner. That lucky guy was Kurt Norton from Enterprise FFA. When I handed off his prize today he was so grateful, he said, “I should have bought some lottery tickets because I won my proficiency and a new Kindle…what a lucky day!”
It took the whole weekend, it was a lot of work, and it was a lot of fun. Overall I think it all paid off and many of us walking away from convention this year not only feel hopeful for the next generation of farmers coming through the ranks, but also optimistic for a future where FFA continues to provide leaders for Oregon.