The next generation of leaders in agriculture are FFA members today. For members passionate about their future careers, say hello to the FFA Next Generation Conferences – coming February 2020!
#FFANextGen Conferences are the first of their kind and focus on specific career pathways. Participants apply to attend and gain access to new ideas, trends, opportunities and will connect directly with industry leaders. These events are designed specifically for juniors and seniors in high school who want a hands-on, industry-relevant experience.
Each conference will be connected to a unique career pathway and all participants will leave with a career readiness plan.
Why Attend #FFANextGen: Animal Systems
The conference is geared for FFA members in their junior or senior years of high school at the time of the conference that have a desire to learn about and experience the Animal Systems Career Pathway. All candidates must demonstrate the intention to attend college or be career-ready through work experience, training or other activities in connection to a career in the Animal Systems Career Pathway.
This conference will focus on the Animal Systems Career Pathway. Throughout the week, 50 participants will take part in informational sessions on topics such as:
- New and emerging ideas, trends and products in animal systems
- The use of big data
- Advocacy and engagement
- Sustainable agriculture
- Career/college plan development
- Financial management
- National regulation and regulatory issues
Additionally, participants will enjoy field and operation tours around the greater Kansas City, Mo., area and develop a future readiness plan. The week’s capstone is a celebratory networking banquet.
Apply to Attend
The application will open Aug. 15, 2019, and close Oct. 1, 2019.
Candidates must have a desire to learn about and experience the Animal Systems Career Pathway. Candidates must also demonstrate the intention to attend college or be career-ready through work experience, training or other activities in connection to a career in the Animal Systems Career Pathway.
An outstanding application highlights the applicant’s background in and passion for the Animal Systems Career Pathway. The selection committee is looking at the applicant’s commitment to being college- or career-ready and that the application has a vision for how the applicant will accomplish that plan. It is important that applications and resumes are checked for proper grammar and spelling. More application tips are available in the Frequently Asked Questions document.
Any student that meets the requirements can apply. However, to ensure a diverse array of participation from multiple states and chapters, no more than two students from a single chapter will be selected.
#FFANextGen: Animal Systems
When: Feb. 18 – 23, 2020
Where: Kansas City, Mo.
Apply: Aug. 15 – Oct. 1, 2019
Total Participants: 50
No registration, meal or lodging costs for participants. Participants are only required to cover their travel to and from the conference.
Casey Zufelt, National FFA Education Specialist