December 27, 2014

FFA membership in Nebraska sets new record high

FFAFuture farmers from across the state are in Lincoln for the annual Nebraska State FFA Convention, which wraps up today.

Matt Kreifels, the state director of agricultural education, says a record number of FFA members are attending this year’s convention — around 38-hundred.

“We see the state FFA convention as a celebration of all our members across the state, their hard work and development back at home,” Kreifels says. “They’ve been working hard to prepare for the competitive events and the recognition they’ll be receiving.”

Not only is there a record number of students at this year’s event, he says membership in the FFA organization is also up this year, both nationwide and in Nebraska.

Kreifels says, “There’s a record number of FFA members across the state, 7,100-plus members in Nebraska, and we’ve never had numbers of that nature in this state.”

Activities are scheduled on the East Campus of UNL, at the Cornhusker Hotel and at Southeast Community College.

He says a highlight of the convention is the evening ceremonies held at Pershing Auditorium when individuals, organizations and chapters are recognized for their efforts during the past year.

By Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, Beatrice