Chief Logan FFA Attend National Convention
Logan High School
Submitted by: Chief Logan FFA

The Chief Logan FFA attended the 90th National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 24-26, 2017. Thirty-seven members of the chapter participated in the trip. Over 64,000 FFA member from across the country participated in the convention activities. They covered the city with National Blue and Corn Gold.

Laila Ali was one of the motivational speakers, She shared her life experiences of how she became a boxer. She shared how you should follow your dreams. Dr. Steve Brown, National FFA advisor discussed how agriculture is constantly changing. It used to be considered “plows, sows, and cows’ and it is going to “clones, drones, and technology” Over 13,000 members and guest attended each session in Banker’s Fieldhouse.

During convention sessions, the national FFA band and choir performed. RFD television broadcasted live during the event. Members had the opportunity to meet other members from every state in the nation as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The convention expo is broken up into several parts. The FFA mall has a large selection of FFA merchandise available for purchase. There is an area for curriculum, colleges from across the country, as well as agri-businesses. In total there was 411 exhibitors from The US Army, Ford, Carhartt, Tractor Supply Co., and John Deere just to name a few.

The National FFA also sponsored a rodeo at the Indiana State fairgrounds which the chapter attened.

Along the way, members toured various agriculture related attractions. The first stop was a visit to The Ohio State South Centers, Piketon, Ohio. While there, Matt Smith and Paul O’Bryant gave a tour of the aquaculture facility. They conduct research on ways to profitably produce fish. They raise perch, bluegill, bass, and catfish. In addition to these species, they have a few sturgeon. Students were able to see catfish being fed in a pond as well as got to pet
some of the sturgeon. The speakers shared various careers in the fish industry including producers and fish veterinarians to name a few. They also discussed the business side of the industry.

Students toured Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield,Ohio. This market has food from all over the world. It started out as a produce market in 1976 on a street corner. It has grown into a market serving over 80,000 people per week. Students were able to see what people from all over the world eats. Everyone really enjoyed the tour.

At Kelsey dairy farms, we toured the dairy barns along with the milking parlor for Kelsey farms which milks around 450 dairy cows everyday, 3 times per day. They discussed the importance of getting plenty of dairy in your diet, and also how misleading advertisements involving antibiotics is hurting the industry’s image. In addition to the dairy, students enjoyed Kelsey Farms agritourism including bouncy pillow, corn pit, corn maize, and other areas of the

There are many seed producers throughout the world. The chapter toured Dupont Pioneer seed company in Rushville, Indiana. Students were able to see firsthand how corn is processed in a large facility. Members learned how corn is handled from the time it enters the plant on the cob, until it is packaged and ready for distribution.It is weighed, dried, shelled off the ear, graded and sized, treated with pesticides, bagged and stored for next year planting season. Students also gained an understanding of the importance of safety in the industry. Employees also shared the importance of “Lock Out/Tag Out”. This tour was very educational.

On the return trip, students visited Smith Implement, a John Deere equipment
dealership. They saw many of the latest technologies in the equipment industry.

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