Growing Collegiate FFA—N.C. Style

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During the weekend of April 12-14, North Carolina State University’s campus was home-away-from-home to college students up and down the East coast as they attended the successful 2013 Regional Collegiate FFA Conference. In attendance were Collegiate FFA members from Virginia Tech, Averett University, Blue Ridge Community College, Clemson University and North Carolina State University.

At the conference the collegiate members were presented with new ideas to help build their chapters, encourage membership growth and become involved with national programs. The members also heard presentations from North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Herb Vanderberry as he discussed current agricultural issues; staff from North Carolina State; and several other collegiate members. Throughout the presentations the collegiate members were given ideas regarding agriculture and how they could be a part of it.

Aside from the various workshops and presentations that the collegiate members experienced, they were also able to build connections and team-working skills through some of the events hosted on campus at North Carolina State. These events included “The Amazing Race: NC State Style,” and painting the free expression tunnel. In each of these events the members were able to bond with collegiate members from other colleges, work on their communication skills, and explore North Carolina State’s campus.

All in all, the 2013 Regional Collegiate FFA Conference was a success. After a weekend full of presentations from varying sources discussing how to build home collegiate chapters and the current world of agriculture, the collegiate members left North Carolina State with ideas on how they can help their chapters grow and develop.