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Tri-Point FFA Greenhands Attend Conference

Greenhands “Catching Fire” for the FFA

            Urbana, Ill. – On September 23rd, 2015, over 400 Illinois FFA members attended the annual Greenhand Leadership Conference. The conference was organized and facilitated by more than 50 University of Illinois students majoring in Agricultural Education or who are members of the Collegiate FFA Chapter. The theme for the conference was “Catching Fire” for the FFA organization.

            Greenhands are first year FFA members who are enrolled in an agriculture class at their high school. The FFA members were split into groups and participated in three breakout sessions focusing on spark, fuel and oxygen. “Spark an Interest in FFA” focused on why students should be motivated to be in FFA and how to motivate others; “Find your Fuel” helps students discover their skills which they can incorporate into their own chapters; and “Be the Oxygen” showed students how to support their local communities.

            The night concluded with three Illinois Association FFA state officers explaining the importance of having all three components -- spark, fuel and oxygen -- to “Catch Fire” for FFA.

            The Greenhand Conference was led by University of Illinois students whose majors varied from Agriculture Education to Crop Sciences. The majority of the leaders have backgrounds in FFA and understand the importance of “Catching Fire” for the FFA organization early in a member’s FFA career.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through Agriculture Education.