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June 06, 2013   Email to Friend 

Katie Wendland
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June 06, 2013

FFA Students visit the Alabama Farmers Federation booth at the Career Fair during the 85th annual Alabama FFA State Convention. More than 1700 FFA members attended the convention held in Montgomery June 4-7.
More than 1700 students from across the state gathered in Montgomery this week for the 85th annual Alabama FFA State Convention at the Renaissance Hotel.

The convention holds special meaning for five-time attendee and FFA North District President Joshua Black. He said his experiences in FFA are better preparing him to pursue his dream of becoming an agricultural educator in his hometown of Joppa, Ala.

“My favorite thing about coming to the state convention is meeting people from different parts of the state,” Black said. “Learning to appreciate the different ways people learn and share experiences is making me a better communicator. I am creating networks that will stand the test of time.”

Students attended general sessions with inspirational speakers, perused exhibits at the Career Show and mingled with other Alabama FFA members and alumni. Nearly 600 members took in a minor league baseball game during “FFA Night at the Biscuits,” hosted by the Alabama Farmers Federation.

On Tuesday, FFA members competed in career development events (CDE) and showcased their skills in events like meat and livestock judging, equipment driving and string band. Winners received awards at Wednesday night’s general session.

In addition to learning and competing, FFA members packed nearly 7,000 bags of food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank during the Rally Against Hunger.

Federation Communications Director Jeff Helms and Federation Director of Dairy, Pork and Poultry Divisions Guy Hall received Honorary State FFA Degrees at Wednesday’s general session, the highest honor awarded to non-members.

Jennifer Himburg, Federation Young Farmers director, was involved in FFA in high school. She said her experiences with FFA were instrumental to her future successes.

“The participation of the Federation in FFA events is crucial to our future as agriculturalists,” Himburg said. “It is inspiring to see young people who are committed to our cause. It is also an honor to have staff members recognized for their dedication to the success of FFA programs.”

The convention concludes Friday, June 7, with the election and installation of new officers.

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