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FFA Members Prepare for Careers in Animal Systems Pathways2020-02-14T15:41:10-05:00

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Kristy Meyer
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization


FFA Members Prepare for Careers in Animal Systems Pathways

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Feb. 13, 2019/National FFA Organization) – Next week, 50 high school students from across the country will arrive in Kansas City, Mo., and explore careers in the animal systems industry. It’s all part of the NextGen conference, offered by the National FFA Organization.

The first of their kind, #FFANextGen focuses on specific pathways that high school students might be interested in. More than 150 students applied for the inaugural conference. Students are looking forward to a gaining access to new ideas, trends and opportunities that will connect them directly with industry leaders. The conference is designed specifically for juniors and seniors as a hands-on, industry-relevant experience.

 “We heard from our members that they wanted more opportunities to explore their next steps after high school. We developed the #FFANextGen conferences to get students out of the classroom and exploring their future careers,” said Kate Wehby, educational specialist with the National FFA Organization. “We’re excited to cultivate future leaders in the animal systems pathway through a week of experiential learning, relevant education, and networking.”

The first conference, scheduled for Feb. 18-23, will focus on animal systems. Throughout the week, students will hear about new and emerging ideas, trends and products in animal systems. They will explore diverse operations in animal systems, learn from industry leaders, and how to plan for their future careers and college plans. In addition, they will learn marketing, new technologies, and unique opportunities in animal systems. While attending the conference, participants will also experience field and operation tours around the Kansas City, Mo., area.

Students who have been chosen to attend the conference include:

Alabama: Mississippi:
Will Aycock, Albertville FFA Marlee Turner, Kossuth FFA
Arkansas: Montana:
Jordan Lloyd,Beebe FFA Morgan Ward, Denton FFA
North Dakota:
California: Shelby Meckle, Center FFA
Kate Grimsman, Hamilton FFA
Kiley Andersen, Sebastopol FFA Nebraska:
Maddy Nissen, Willows FFA Emily Kerbs, Norris FFA
Madison Hargis, Clovis FFA
Delaware: Emily Kerbs, Norris FFA
Allison Wahlsten, Caesar Rodney FFA
Iowa: Kyra Davidson, Felicity-Franklin FFA
Addison Randall, Louisa-Muscatine FFA Madisen Jolliff, Ridgemont FFA
Alex Linder, Western Reserve FFA
Idaho: Katelyn Wallace, A.B. Graham Ohio Hi-Point
Shay Young, Jerome FFA
Indiana: Madison Jones, Cookeville FFA
Matthew McMillan, Southern Wells FFA Haley Grisham, North Knox FFA
Daylin Hunt, Watertown FFA
Macy Rickard, Pike Valley High School FFA Texas:
Bridget Kucan, Holton FFA Ryan Gibson, Livingston FFA
Louisiana: Virginia:
Kennedy Christmas, Iberville MSA West FFA Megan Day, C.L. Payne FFA
Abby Wulf, Crowley FFA
Maryland: Harley Holman, Yelm FFA
Kennedy Christmas, Ibervil