Over this past year more than 9,000 Kansas FFA members in 185 chapters have been challenged to “Transform” their experiences in agricultural education and FFA. We are excited to recognize their achievements at the 89th Kansas FFA Convention, where over 1,500 of these members will converge in celebration. The 89th Kansas FFA Convention will be held from Wednesday, May 31st through Friday, June 2nd. It will take place in McCain Auditorium on the Kansas State University campus.
"This year, members have had the opportunity to place more emphasis on their Supervised Agricultural Experiences(SAEs), share their personal experiences, and find their passions through different initiatives by the state,” said Elizabeth Meyer, state president from the Marion FFA chapter. “It has been a true privilege to watch members 'Transform' throughout the year and witness the places where they each excel."
Throughout convention, the theme of “Transform” 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 ‘transforming purpose into action’ by accomplishing specific career goals in their 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.
"For many FFA families, the month of May is known as the month of State Convention,” said Meyer. “It is a time for members, advisors, and parents alike to join together in celebrating the successes and hard work of passionate members throughout the state. The growth all these members have displayed gives me such confidence in FFA and agriculture education."
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 state chapter in the areas of student, chapter and community development.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 9,000 Kansas FFA members as 2017-18 state officers.