State FFA Convention

Over this past year more than 9,800 Kansas FFA members in over 200 chapters have been making a difference by sharing their stories of agricultural education and FFA. Through these experiences these members are growing themselves as leaders, building their communities, and strengthening the capacity of agriculture. We are excited to recognize their achievements at the 91st Kansas FFA Convention, where over 1,700 of these members will converge in celebration. The 91st Kansas FFA Convention will be held from Wednesday, May 29th through Friday, May 31st. Convention sessions will take place in McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus.

Throughout convention, the theme of “Just One” will be celebrated.

Just One State, we are united by our common passion for agriculture and leadership and strengthened by our unique backgrounds. Just One Chapter can change a community and a school for the better. And all it takes is Just One voice, Just One action, and Just One member to brighten a day, serve a need, or make a needed change.

The theme of convention will come to life as guests listen to the inspiring retiring addresses of the state FFA officer team and motivational speakers from across the country. FFA members will be awarded proficiency awards for showing that we all can accomplish specific career goals in our supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs. The highest honor a state association can bestow, the State FFA Degree, will be awarded, and from those state degree recipients, a Star Farmer, a Star in Agricultural Placement and a Star in Agribusiness will be named - thus recognizing the best three SAE programs in the state.

“Convention is where we celebrate members’ talents, hard work, and skills that FFA strives to build up in our membership. Throughout the year, the unique experiential and hands-on approach that’s taken in agriculture education classrooms, labs, and fabrication shops develops students’ career readinesses in all of the diverse areas of agricultural across the supply chain” said Max Harman, state president from the Inman FFA chapter. “Members then put those skills to the test outside the school via unique, student-driven businesses, placements, research studies, and service projects with guidance from advisors in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences. Finally, through FFA, Agricultural Education students develop leadership, decision making, and other desperately needed ‘essential skills’ through holding office, competitions, and personal development opportunities as part of an intracurricular student-leadership organization in FFA” Harman said.

In addition to individual recognition, entire FFA chapters are recognized through National Chapter Awards and the Triple Crown Award. The coveted Triple Crown distinguishes the top chapter in the state and recognizes their efforts in the areas of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.

The final session of the convention marks the beginning of an exciting year for six extraordinary members who will be selected to serve the more than 9,800 Kansas FFA members as 2019-2020 state officers.