This past weekend, Lauren Taylor, Brad Nygren, Jake Mayer, and Cole Blomendahl joined others from Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Minnesota to help determine how they could better support agricultural education and their local FFA chapters.
The National FFA Alumni Organization hosted a regional development conference in Lincoln, Neb., which delivered professional, personal and alumni program development to local and state members. In addition, the conference was a time for alumni members to network and share local visions of innovation with other alumni chapters and state associations.
"As alumni, it is our responsibility to serve as a source of relief for our agriculture educators as well as attract new volunteers and supporters to help our FFA programs," said National FFA Alumni Executive Director Josh Rusk. "Our hope is that the regional development conferences will give alumni the tools and support they need to be successful in that endeavor."
This conference was one of eleven to be held this year. The other locations for the conferences include San Luis Obispo, Calif., Fort Collins, Colo., Stephenville, Texas, Mandan, N.D., Williston, Fla., Springfield, Ill., Georgetown, Ky., Orem, Utah, Raymond, Miss., and Boonsboro, Md..
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.