The 92nd Annual Montana State FFA Convention is taking place this year in Bozeman, featuring contests, officer elections and networking for tomorrow’s farm leaders.
Future Farmers of America, or FFA, enables middle and high school students to learn about the farming industry while connecting with industry professionals. This year, the FFA Montana State Convention is in person, and unlike last year, there are more opportunities for students to collaborate and network: Similar to years past.
“Coming from the last couple of years with everything going on and the world coming to a standstill – we had to keep going – the world had to work on something and that was agriculture,” said Colton Young.
Young is the state’s 1st vice president, manages a herd of cattle, and notes the impact of the drought on cattle owners.
“It’s just a snowball effect, you know?” said Young.
Montana State FFA President Joe Lackman stresses the importance of “expecting the unexpected.”
“What I see and am proud of,” Lackman said, “is that our growers – and more importantly those not involved in production agriculture – are able to scale and grow. adapt to our problems.”
Throughout the event, students echoed the value FFA had on their personal and professional development. Students learn everything from public speaking to networking and building confidence in the field.
“FFA is my whole world, last year we went into the interview room and they made us take our jackets off, and they just asked us ‘how are you feeling’, and I said: “This jacket is everything to me”, Young mentioned.
New officers for the 2022-23 year will be named on Saturday, with the winning competitors of the competition series heading to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.