Why Attend?

We've built the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo to both serve as a celebration of FFA and an experience full of educational relevancy for students.

This convention standards alignment document serves as a guideline to validate the educational value of attending the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo. Educational standards are aligned to objectives, projected content and activities.

National FFA Convention & Expo Educational Standards

Important Dates

  • Oct. 25-28, 2017 Convention & Expo
  • Oct. 24-27, 2018 Convention & Expo
  • Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2019 Convention & Expo

REGISTRATION

Online pre-registration will open on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. EDT.

2017 Registration Fees

  • $55 – Pre-registration fee if rooms are reserved within the National FFA Housing Block or your school is within a 100-mile radius of the Indiana Convention Center and drive back and forth each day.
  • $70 – Pre-registration fee if you are not staying within the National FFA Housing Block.
  • $80 – All on-site registrations.

Registration fee includes one opening session entrance per attendee and access to the expo, shopping mall, student and teacher workshops, all alumni events, and general sessions. Entrance into all entertainment, tours and award banquets are not included in your registration fee and can be purchased through online pre-registration starting Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. EDT.

HOUSING

Information on housing for 2017 will be posted soon. For immediate questions, please contact convention@ffa.org

WORKSHOPS

Student and Teacher Workshops

Your convention and expo experience isn’t complete until you’ve attended at least one leadership and personal growth workshop! These workshops are dedicated to helping members develop premier leadership, personal growth and career success, as well as helping teachers integrate new ideas and activities into their classrooms. Schedules for 2017 will be posted in August.

TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS

The National FFA Convention & Expo is a once–a–year opportunity for FFA members nationwide to come together and celebrate their collective accomplishments. It's also a tremendous opportunity to engage the very first line of the FFA Motto, "Learning to Do."

By taking part in the various opportunities – like in–depth Career Success Tours focusing on one of eight key Career Pathways, experiencing one of the excellent educational tour options or touring area attractions — FFA members will enhance their convention and expo experience and grow options for future careers.

Get an up-close look at your future career! Career Success Tours at the National FFA Convention & Expo provide FFA members with a detailed look at agricultural careers in eight areas:

  • Agribusiness systems
  • Animal systems
  • Biotechnology system
  • Environmental service systems
  • Food products and processing systems
  • Natural resource systems
  • Plant systems
  • Power, structural & technical systems.

National FFA Center

The National FFA Center is where the majority of the National FFA Organization's day-to-day operations are performed. Come see where all things FFA take place as well as the deep history shown throughout the building. All tours are self-guided. No reservations needed. No transportation provided to the FFA Center. Hours of tour operation will be posted in the summer of 2017.

Attractions

SERVICE

The National FFA Convention & Expo is more than just a gathering of FFA members and a celebration of accomplishments. The event, one of the nation’s largest student gatherings, also features a place for FFA members to do what they do best: Give back to the community.

NATIONAL DAYS OF SERVICE

The National FFA Organization embraces the idea of giving back to our communities. The last line of the FFA motto "Living to Serve", signifies the vital role service plays in our organization. Each year, proud FFA members from across the nation volunteer as part of National Days of Service at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

In Indianapolis, FFA members will make a difference at 11 sites around the city. This volunteer experience always fills up fast, so be sure to get on the list right away when convention registration opens in August.

Courtesy Corp

Hosting a convention and expo for 64,000+ people is not a walk-in-the-park event to plan and execute! The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our annual convention and expo is a success. Members will assist convention and expo and program staff in fulfilling responsibilities in many areas including career development events, proficiency awards, the rodeo and more. For questions about Courtesy Corp in 2017 please email convention@ffa.org.

Want to learn more about a student's experience as a Courtesy Corp volunteer? Click Here to view the Courtesy Corps Volunteer Spotlight on the FFA Pulse.

Entertainment

Entertainment information for 2017 will be posted soon. For immediate questions, please email convention@ffa.org.

TRAVEL PLANNING

EVENT LOCATIONS

Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Opening and General Sessions

Indiana Convention Center – National FFA Expo, FFA Shopping Mall, on-site registration, National FFA Agriscience Fair, student workshops, teacher workshops, FFA Alumni events, proficiency judging, Career Development Event Finals Hall, National Chapter Award events, Career Success Tours and hypnotist shows

Indiana State Fairgrounds – CDEs and World's Toughest Rodeo

Lucas Oil Stadium – FFA Concert and American FFA Degree Ceremony

Event Hotels – Various events will take place at eight event hotels within the downtown area (see map for hotel locations)

MAPS AND CITY INFORMATION

Looking for things to do in the state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis? Click here for information and maps to help with planning your trip.

Visit Indy Guides and Maps

Visit Indy – FFA Coupons & Deals

Visit Indiana

PARKING AND HOTEL SHUTTLES


BUDGET PLANNING

Planning for you and your students to attend the national FFA convention and expo can be a daunting task. Check out this timeline to help you plan your trip.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The following tips will help you be prepared for your trip to convention this year.

Be safe – remember to not leave items visible in vehicles or buses. If possible, leave items at your hotel or hidden in a trunk or under seats.

IMPORTANT- Items not allowed in convention facilities – (this includes the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Indiana State Fairgrounds). Items found during security checks for entry into some convention events will be taken if you choose not to return it to your vehicle or hotel. You will not be allowed entry with these items:

No knives (of any type or size)

No weapons

Entry into convention venues –– (this includes the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Indiana State Fairgrounds) Similar procedures found in airports today will be used during entry for many events in the venues. This will include bag checks, entry through metal detectors and or use of wands. Please note, this new procedure is done for the protections and safety of our attendees.

"See Something Say Something" – this is a national safety campaign that it utilized in Indiana. If you see something suspicious, please call 1-877-226-1026. For more information please visit www.in.gov.iifc. In case of emergency, please always call 911.