Leaders Under Construction

I spent yesterday in a sea of blue.
Blue FFA jackets that is.
I was in Decatur for the YEA! Youth Conference put on by the Illinois Farm Bureau and affiliates, where more than 450 FFA members from across the state came together to be “Leaders Under Construction.” Many great agriculture industry representatives were present to help the students discover the tools necessary for being a successful leader in agriculture. They had 10 different sessions to choose from, ranging from communication to career development.

I spent most of my time in the career fair representing Illinois Corn, but did sneak away for a few minutes to watch Tricia Braid Terry lead a session on social media. She did a wonderful job getting the kids motivated to get on the social media bandwagon!

It was great to meet with so many wonderful kids and see what the future of ag holds. I think it says a lot when over 400 high school students come together and have the maturity and respect these young people had. It is not only a testament to FFA and what a great program it is, but I think it is goes to show what great farming/agricultural families these kids come from.

You can see coverage on the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education facebook page.

By: Becky Finfrock
ICGA/ICMB Communications Assistant
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