Annual FFA Alumni Development Conference trains organization’s faithful to advocate for FFA, agricultural education throughout nation

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CONTACT
Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, May 22, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Hundreds of proponents of both FFA and agricultural education will unite in Wisconsin in July to explore applied learning concepts, share ideas about how to start, sustain and enhance FFA at the local level throughout the country and discuss the implications of global agriculture on American agriculture.

The 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference, an annual event dedicated to furthering the talents and reach of FFA Alumni members throughout the nation, is July 17-20 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay, Wis.

Through workshops and training, the conference is designed to equip FFA Alumni with the skills, tools and voices they need to engage their local communities, school systems, businesses leaders and other influential people and enlist their help to raise awareness of and grow FFA and agricultural education programs.

Highlights of this year’s conference for FFA Alumni include guided tours of agricultural destinations including the Door County Maritime Museum, Cana Island Lighthouse and Lautenbach Orchard Country Winery and Market; a tour of historic Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers; a conference kick-off dinner hosted by the National FFA Foundation; keynote speaker Jeff Magee’s inspirational message to open the conference that “Change is good for everyone – but me;” and a tour of Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy and Calf Ranch.

Attendees will also interact with local FFA members from surrounding schools and members of their local alumni associations.

Registration for the conference, sponsored by Farm Credit and Tractor Supply Co., is open through June 15 and can be done online at www.FFA.org/Alumni. Conference supplies, local transportation, hotel accommodations and meals are all included in registration.

The vision of the National FFA Alumni Association is to be the premier champion for FFA, agriculture and agricultural education. With 53,240 members and 1,724 affiliates, its mission is to support and advocate for FFA and agricultural education through gifts of time, talent and financial resources at the local, state and national levels. For more about the National FFA Alumni Association, visit www.FFA.org/Alumni, on Facebook (/FFAalumni) and on Twitter (@FFA_Alumni, #FFAadc13).

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.