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National FFA Convention to be Held Virtually
USAgNet - 06/29/2020

The National FFA Organization announced that the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo will be held virtually.

"We wanted to ensure that our members and guests had the full convention experience. After a discussion with the National FFA Board of Directors, the decision was made to move forward with a virtual experience for 2020," said Mark Poeschl, CEO of National FFA. "As we continued to plan for our national convention, it became clear that travel restrictions and public health concerns, among many other pandemic-related challenges, made hosting our in-person event impossible in 2020."

The decision to hold a virtual event in place of in-person was recommended by National FFA staff and affirmed by the board of directors.

"The safety of our members and stakeholders is always top of mind," said Dr. James Woodard, the organization's national advisor and chair of the board of directors. "While the event might look a little different this year, rest assured that we will continue to be celebrating agriculture's future leaders and conducting the organization's official business."

This year's event will still be hosted by the 2019-20 National FFA Officer Team and continue the tradition of celebrating and inspiring the hundreds of thousands of FFA members who are becoming the next generation of leaders.

"While convention will look a little different this year than what we are used to, FFA members around the country have proven their willingness the past few months to not only adapt but create meaningful experiences while celebrating FFA and agricultural education," said Kolesen McCoy, 2019-20 National FFA president. "Our officer team is humbled to share this fantastic experience with more members than ever before."

The year's convention will allow FFA members, advisors, alumni, supporters, sponsors and exhibitors to connect more than ever before through online events, activities and competitions. The convention will occur virtually during the week of Oct. 28, as previously planned.

Meanwhile, the organization also extended its contract with the host city of Indianapolis from 2031 to 2033.


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