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State FFA convention returns to U of M campus April 22-24

April 16, 2012

Media note: Reporters are welcome to cover the convention. Interviews with students from your coverage area can be arranged. Media headquarters will be in Room 156A of the Continuing Education Center on the St. Paul campus starting at 8 a.m. Monday, April 23.

The 83rd annual Minnesota State FFA Convention will bring more than 3,000 high school students to the University of Minnesota campus from April 22 to 24.

“We Are” is this year’s convention theme. Students will have a number of opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills, gain career and agricultural knowledge and to gather new ideas from prominent agricultural leaders and fellow FFA members.

"FFA prepares young people to lead and solve the problems that confront our society. We're pleased to host this group of future leaders in the ag and natural resource communities," says Allen Levine, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the university.

At the convention, FFA members and their chapters are recognized for their accomplishments over the past year. Ceremonies honor Minnesota FFA degree recipients, state proficiency award winners, and recognize the State Stars in entrepreneurship, placement, business and agri-science. Workshops on a wide variety of topics are taught by dozens of FFA alumni, business leaders and University of Minnesota faculty and staff.

National FFA Secretary Jason Troendle of St. Charles, Minn., is among this year’s featured speakers.

FFA is a national youth organization of more than 520,000 student members. In Minnesota, more than 9,200 members participate in 175 chapters throughout the state. The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is a highly ranked research, teaching and outreach organization committed to helping solve problems through science. More information about the college is available at

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