The 93rd The annual Indiana State FFA convention is underway as members from across the state converge in Indianapolis.
“The blue jacket is probably the most stylish thing you can wear,” says Kourtney Otte, president of the Indiana FFA, referring to the blue corduroy jackets that many young men and women will wear at the convention at the ‘Indiana State Fairgrounds.
“We’re going to have hundreds and hundreds of members here celebrating them and their accomplishments and recognizing all the hard work that goes into an entire year as an FFA member,” Kourtney says. “Our entire team is thrilled to be back here at State Fairgrounds.”
The theme for this year’s conference is “Pulse”.
“We want to feel the adrenaline. We want to feel excited. We really want to feel the pulse of who we are as FFA members and bring all of that to the [State] Funfairs to thrill people,” Kourtney explains. “We’re thrilled to be that team that gets everybody pumped up and gets them super excited and really feeling that adrenaline [as part of] the journey and the change that has occurred throughout this year.
The state convention is also a time to honor Indiana FFA members and advisors, as the organization presents four State Star Awards that recognize FFA members who have excelled in farm experience programs. supervised. Members compete in one of four different Star Award areas: Agribusiness, Agriscience, Farmer, and Placement.
Additionally, the Indiana FFA will recognize Hoosier credentials that document FFA members who have achieved high standards in their supervised farm experience program, leadership development, and community service.
Kourtney said the state convention is a chance to showcase the Indiana FFA’s efforts over the past year to live its motto “Learn to Do, Do to Learn, Earn to Live, and Live to Serve.”
“We worked 24/7, wherever we could. This would not be possible without these [FFA] members, without people wearing blue jackets [or] without people continually spreading the word of agriculture
Click HERE to listen to CJ Miller’s radio report with Indiana FFA President Kourtney Otte and how the 93rd The Indiana State FFA Annual Convention recognizes the value of a year of service.
Click BELOW to watch Hoosier Ag Today’s CJ Miller chat with Indiana FFA State Officers Kourtney Otte, Nicholas Neuman, Abby Stuckwisch and Jordyn Wickard as they discuss the awards and celebrations that are part of the 93rd Indiana FFA State Annual Convention.