11-01-13 Check out the 86th National FFA Award Results & News Features…

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Award winners

National Chapter Awards
Model of Excellence Winner: Pontiac FFA Chapter (Illinois)
Model of Innovation – Community Development Winner: Richland 44 FFA Chapter (North Dakota)
Model of Innovation – Chapter Development Winner: Anna FFA Chapter (Ohio)
Model of Innovation – Student Development Winner: St. Amant FFA Chapter (Louisiana)
Outstanding Middle School Winner: Signal Knob FFA Chapter (Virginia)

Two corporate sponsors, two families reach 25-year milestone of financially supporting FFA through National FFA Foundation

Three honored by National FFA Alumni Association for years of dedication to raise awareness, support of agricultural education, FFA, alumni programs

News Features

Speed painter Dan Dunn thrills FFA members at convention and expo
Dan Dunn used his speed painting skills to share his visions of passion and philanthropy throughout the three opening sessions of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Easton Corbin: Igniting the farmer in all of us
Maybe it’s not what he was referring to in his hit single “All Over the Road,” but Easton Corbin has spent this year traveling the roads of rural America to meet with FFA chapters and members around the country.

Rick Pitino commits FFA members to life of leadership
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino inspired FFA members to be “recruits” in life and to live by his “one-day contract.”

Rural Radio presents FFA Today to SiriusXM listeners nationwide
Patrick Gottsch, founder and president of RFD-TV, announced that Rural Radio will soon be launching a new show called FFA Today.

FFA members aim to make a difference in a world full of hunger
With more than one billion hungry people in this world, FFA members are challenged to “Ignite” their passion to serve.

For FFA members, #WeAreFFA is more than just a statement
Inside the National FFA Expo, FFA members recognize more similarities than just the blue jacket.

FFA members find a unique way to tell their story
Self-awareness is an important aspect for personal growth, and expressing yourself through creativity allows growth to occur.

National FFA delegates have a dynamic experience
The 86th National FFA Convention & Expo welcomed 460 delegates from around the United States to serve in leadership roles focused on discussing and developing FFA proposals.

Dierks Bentley performs for sold-out FFA crowd
The words “Ignite FFA” have been falling on the eager ears of thousands of FFA members this week. On Wednesday night they were able to experience the theme from a slightly different perspective in the KFC Yum! Center as country singer Dierks Bentley ignited the crowd of 16,000 cheering FFA members.

Visions in blue and gold: the convention and expo in photos
See images from Day 1 and the Dierks Bentley/Jana Kramer concert.

Sound check: Hear stories from the convention and expo 
Listen to the amazing stories coming out of the largest student gathering in the country.

Watch the fourth – seventh general sessions live
Don’ miss the action onstage today when we broadcast live the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh general sessions! We’ve got retiring addresses by Southern Region Vice President Wiley Bailey, National FFA Secretary Kalie Hall and Western Region Vice President Lindsey Anderson. Keynote speakers Joe Torrillo and Josh Sundquist will rock the house, and we’ll learn the 2013 proficiency, Creed speaking, extemporaneous public speaking, job interview, prepared public speaking and agriscience fair winners. Coverage begins bright and early at 7:30 a.m. on RFD-TV and iHigh.  Visit our broadcast page to learn more.

Friday Nov. 1 Highlights

  • 8 a.m. Fourth General Session, Kentucky Exposition Center (watch the broadcast beginning at 7:30 a.m.)
  • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Agricience Fair Open House, KEC, South Wing C
  • 8 a.m.  –  4 p.m. National FFA Expo, KEC, South Wing A, B, C
  • 9:30 a.m. – Noon  FFA Alumni Business Session, KEC, Room C205
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Collegiate FFA Success Panel and Luncheon, KEC, Room C203
  • Noon  Fifth General Session, KEC (watch the broadcast beginning at 11:30 a.m.)
  • 1 – 3 p.m. Collegiate and FFA Alumni Career Fair, KEC, Expo Floor
  • 3 p.m. Sixth General Session, KEC (watch the broadcast beginning at 2:30 p.m.)
  • 5:45 p.m. National FFA Band and Chorus Concert, KEC (watch the broadcast beginning at 5:30 p.m.)
  • 6:30 – 8 p.m. Collegiate Career Fair, KEC, West Hall 5-7
  • 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. World’s Toughest Rodeo, KEC, Broadbent Arena
  • 7 p.m. Seventh General Session (watch the broadcast beginning at 6:30 p.m.)
  • 9 – 11:50 p.m FFA Dance and National FFA Talent Competition, Round 3, KEC, East Hall AB

Stay secure
If you are in Louisville for the convention and expo, remember to always lock your car and bus doors and never leave valuables in plain sight.  To learn more tips on how to stay secure, watch this video now.

Download the National FFA Convention & Expo app for your smartphone
Quick and easy access to schedules, maps and more.

Read all about it
Get the latest news and feature stories coming out of the convention and expo on the National FFA Blog. Also check us out on FacebookTwitter , the 2013 Highlights webpage and more.

Connect with FFA New Horizons
Visit the FFA New Horizons booth (located in the FFA Island within the National FFA Expo) to learn more about the magazine’s new mobile app and register to win an iPad Mini. Or, visitFFAnewhorizons.org/mobile for links to the App Store.

Giving the Gift of Blue
As we celebrate 80 years of the FFA jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of American tradition-instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it.  But not everyone can wear the jacket.  Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they can’t afford to.  That’s why we need generous gifts from supporters like you!  When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.  Donate now, www.FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 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 http://www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.