FFA Leadership Conference

FFA Leadership Conference

U.S. Capitol U.S. Capitol

August 15, 2016

Thousands of FFA students have spent time in Washington, DC this summer, learning who they are and how they can serve their communities.  With the help of RAM, RFD-TV has been following these members, as they attend the annual Washington Leadership Conference so we can tell their story.

"Going to FFA, I wasn't sure what it is," says Morgan Butcher of California. "But as I signed up for my first Ag class, I was eager and ready to learn about the agriculture industry and what FFA could do for me. I now know that it's about service, leadership, personal growth and career success. We learn about diversity and what it has to do with the ag industry, our communities, our country and the world as a whole."

And career success is already on Butcher's mind.

"I hope to join a vet tech program at a local college," says Butcher, "and go to another Ag school to get Ag credential to teach Ag education because California is lacking in that field."

This lack of Ag knowledge is something Butcher has seen first hand.

"Where I live, it's rural," Butcher explains.  "There are few kids who understand what Ag is. Even if you drive, five, ten or 20 minutes from out town, you can find kids who don't know where their food comes from everyday."

It's part of the reason she hopes to pass on her own knowledge.

"I hope with me starting so late in the livestock world, the vet program can help me teach students about how healthcare of their animals is the main purpose of their projects."

An inspiring purpose for a blossoming FFA leader.  More than 2,100 students registered for the 2016 Washington Leadership Conference.  It's the second-largest student experience hosted by the FFA.  Only the annual convention held in October is larger.   

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