Broadcast Schedule: 96th National FFA Convention (2023)

November 1-4, 2023

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The 96th National FFA Convention takes place in Indianapolis on November 1-4, 2023. As always, RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel, and RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM will bring our viewers and listeners gavel-to-gavel coverage of this thrilling event.

NOTE: All events are listed in Eastern Time.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Pre-Session Coverage

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Session 1A of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison

96th National FFA Convention, Session 1A

3:30 PM - 5:17 PM ET

Opening Ceremony; Presentation of State Flags; National Advisor’s Welcome; Grand Entry, National FFA Band and Chorus; Foundation Board Recognition; Keynote Speaker: Juan Bendaña; Closing Ceremony.

Post-Session Coverage

5:17 PM - 5:30 PM ET

Session 1A of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison

FFA Today

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET

* NEW * (2023) Agricultural program featuring students living the FFA motto of “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, and Living to Serve.” FFA Today is hosted by FFA members who showcase their peers’ accomplishments in the classroom, community, and in agribusiness.

Cinch World’s Toughest: FFA Edition, Performance 1

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET

LIVE coverage from Performance 1 of the 2023 “Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo: FFA Edition” at the Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Pre-Session Mini Show &

96th National FFA Convention, Session 2

2:00 PM – 4:21 PM ET

Pre-show coverage of the 96th National FFA Convention, Session 2 with Janet Adkinson; Opening Ceremony; National FFA Boards Recognition; Agricultural Proficiency Awards (Agricultural Communication, Sales, Services, Education, Agriscience Research, Service Learning); Retiring Address: National FFA Central Region Vice President Karstyn Cantrell; Closing Ceremony.

Post-Session Coverage

4:21 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Session 2 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkinson

Pre-Session Coverage

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM ET

Session 3 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison

96th National FFA Convention, Session 3

7:00 PM – 8:44 PM ET

Opening Ceremony; National FFA Alumni and Supporters Awards; Agricultural Proficiency Awards (Agricultural Research - Animal Systems, Beef Production, Dairy Production, Diversified Agriculture Production, Diversified Livestock, Equine Science); Retiring Address: National FFA Southern Region Vice President MacKenna Clifton; Closing Ceremony.

Post-Session Coverage

8:44 PM - 9:00 PM ET

Session 3 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison

Cinch World’s Toughest: FFA Edition – Performance 2

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET

LIVE coverage from Performance 2 of the 2023 “Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo: FFA Edition” at the Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Pre-Session Coverage &

96th National FFA Convention, Session 4 *

8:00 AM – 10:39 AM ET

Pre-Show Coverage Session 3 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison — airs only on The Cowgirl Channel.

Post-Session Coverage *

10:39 AM – 10:40 AM ET

Session 4 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison — airs only on The Cowgirl Channel.

Cinch World’s Toughest: FFA Edition, Performance 3 **

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

LIVE coverage from Performance 4 of the 2023 “Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo: FFA Edition” at the Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana — airs only on The Cowboy Channel.

96th National FFA Convention, Session 5

2:30 PM – 4:32 PM ET

Opening Ceremony; Agricultural Proficiency Awards (Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources, Forest Management, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife Production, Agricultural Processing, Agriculture Research - Plant Systems, Diversified Crop Production, Diversified Horticulture, Fiber/Oil Crop Production, Forage Production); 2023-24 National FFA Officer Candidate Introductions; Retiring Address: National FFA Secretary Jessica Herr; Closing Ceremony.

Post-Session Coverage

4:32 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Session 5 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison

National FFA Talent Contest and Band & Chorus Concert

5:30 PM – 6:54 PM ET

The top acts will perform, and the 2023 National FFA Talent winner will be named.

Post-Show Coverage

6:54 PM - 7:00 PM ET

Post-Show coverage of the Talent Show at the 96th National FFA Convention.

96th National FFA Convention, Session 6

7:00 PM - 8:53 PM ET

Opening Ceremony; Agricultural Proficiency Awards (Fruit Production, Grain Production, Landscape Management, Nursery Operations, Specialty Crop Production, Turf Grass Management, Vegetable Production, Agricultural Mechanics and Design, Agricultural Mechanics and Repair); Retiring Address: National FFA Eastern Region Vice President Gracie Murphy; Closing Ceremony.

Post-Session Coverage

8:53 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET

Session 6 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkison

Cinch World’s Toughest: FFA Edition – Performance 4

11:00 PM ET – 1:00 AM ET

LIVE coverage from Performance 4 of the 2023 “Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo: FFA Edition” at the Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Saturday, November 4, 2023

American FFA Degree Ceremony

7:30 AM ET – 10:50 AM ET

American FFA Degree Ceremony; recipient recognition is reverse alphabetical by state, Z-A; Closing Ceremony.

Post Show: American FFA Degree Ceremony

10:56 AM ET – 11:30 AM

Post-Show coverage of the American FFA Degree Ceremony of the 96th National FFA Convention.

Pre-Session Coverage

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Session 7 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkinson

96th National FFA Convention, Session 7

1:00 PM ET – 2:52 PM ET

Opening Ceremony; Past National Officer Recognition; Retiring Address: National FFA President Andrew Seibel; 2023-24 National FFA Officer Team Election and Installation; Installation Ceremony & Last Walk; New National President’s Remarks; Closing Ceremony.

Post-Session/Convention Show

3:52 PM ET – 3:30 PM ET

Session 7 of the 96th National FFA Convention with Janet Adkinson

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Sunday, November 5, 2023

FFA Today

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

* NEW * (2023) Post-Convention Show! Agricultural program featuring students living the FFA motto of “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, and Living to Serve.” FFA Today is hosted by FFA members who showcase their peers’ accomplishments in the classroom, community, and in agribusiness.

*Airs only on The Cowgirl Channel.

**Airs only on The Cowboy Channel.

Rural Lifestyle & Entertainment Shows
The affable and unassuming international singing star Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s best known performers – from Australia to Alaska.
Join popular polka performer Mollie Busta as she hosts the weekly “Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV! The one-hour program features the nation’s top polka bands and a wide variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.
First introduced to RFD-TV on Larry’s Country Diner, The Malpass Brothers, modern day troubadours, bring you their very own, brand-new show to RFD-TV. Viewers can enjoy traditional country music from the brother duo of Chris & Taylor Malpass, a featured celebrity guest on each episode, and loads of clever humor.
Ray’s Roadhouse is a weekly program featuring the music of Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. Ray and his band Asleep at the Wheel has had a more than 50 year career in the music industry and over the years have earned nine Grammy Awards. The program also will feature guest performers such as Pat Green, Stoney LaRue and Kelly Willis.
“The Marty Stuart Show” is a must-see during RFD-TV’s Saturday Night Music Row. Each exciting episode features Mr. Stuart and his band “The Fabulous Superlatives.” Episodes also feature his wife — “Country Queen,” Ms. Connie Smith—who has helped make the show a celebrated success.