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FFA Convention set for NMSU

The FFA (also known as Future Farmers of America) will hold its annual convention June 6-9 at New Mexico State University. Many events are scheduled for the convention, including elections of state officers, public speaking contests, a talent show and a dance.

The 2010-11 New Mexico FFA state officers are, back row, from left to right, Kayla Hight, Whitley Gammill, Amanda Ball, Tori Patterson, and Megan Meadors, and front row, from left to right, Adam Mitchell, Alyssa Hackett, Lawrence Velasquez, Joseph Ogden and Marshal Wilson.

This year the convention will feature a keynote address by Ryan Porter, a motivational speaker who specializes in talking to students. According to Porter, his aim is to inspire young people to "laugh, learn and lead."

An agri-science fair will also take place at the convention. During this part of the convention students who have conducted a scientific research project relating to the agricultural or food science industry are able to present their work. The categories in which students may participate include biochemistry/microbiology/food science, environmental science, zoology (animal science), botany and engineering. The convention will also give students a chance to get to know fellow FFA members from across the state.

"Usually with other state events it's all about competition," said Jerrod Smith, FFA program coordinator. "Here they compete for the first two days, but the next two days they get awards and have a chance to socialize."

Awards are earned by students who have developed skills in areas like agricultural science, beef production, crop production and other agricultural endeavors. There are also awards for marketing, agricultural sales and public relations.

"It's the culmination of an entire year's work for a lot of students," Smith said. "A lot of students are getting their state FFA degrees or other awards they've worked hard for."

For more information about the FFA or their state convention contact Jerrod Smith at 575-646-7054 or via email at jersmith@nmsu.edu.