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COLUMBUS, OH -- On May 3 & 4, many of Ohio’s FFA members congregated in Columbus for the state’s 90th annual convention. During the two-day event, keynote speakers were heard, talented young musicians performed, and awards handed out to the members and chapters for their efforts in raising money, chickens, or microbes along with a lot of other exciting happenings.
While many of the attendees competed in a myriad of contests at the state level, all the FFA members in attendance were invited to one of the six workshops offered. National FFA Secretary Erica Baier talked on both days concerning the National FFA theme “I Can. We Will.” with a focus on motivation and inspiration. She was also be a keynote speaker during one of the Friday afternoon sessions.
Other presentations were on correct debating techniques by the Edgewood-Butler Tech FFA Chapter members, Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals discussed “What’s Next After FFA?”, a question and answer time about college options were shared by the College Readiness Discussion Panel, and Ohio State’s Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow talked about the opportunities in the agricultural communication field.
The Agriscience Fair was set up for members to view the work and research presented by their fellow peers. The program is “aimed at providing opportunities for experiential learning in a specific subject matter.” Those interested needed to apply by March 16 as Ohio uses the pre-qualifying system. That is the same process used in the National Agriscience Fair held at the National FFA Convention in October. There are 36 different options for the young people to pursue in the categories of animal systems, plant systems, power technology, food science, natural resources, and social systems. The members can either enter as an individual or a team, and the divisions are by grades.
Along with the traditional proficiency awards, contest winners, and scholarship honors, Ohio State FFA recognized several chapters throughout the state for their efforts in various projects. The Ohio Gold Medal Chapters started off the awards with a number of “Top 10” categories being announced. Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture were shared with the entire convention, hopefully inspiring other chapters to reach higher with their goals.
The final session on Friday evening showcased the retiring address of Ohio State FFA President Ryan Matthews with the announcement of the new Ohio State FFA officer team following.
Farmers' Advance congratulates the Ohio FFA Organization for 90 years of dedication to the agricultural future and the young people of their state!

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