Maine Delegates and State Advisor Participate in National FFA Convention


On October 25-28, 2017, the National FFA Organization (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) celebrated its 90th National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The FFA was established in 1928 as the leadership organization representing students enrolled in agriculture and natural resources programs.  At the middle and secondary levels, current membership is over 500,000 and over 60,000 members attended the Convention.  Representing Maine as delegates participating in business sessions and voting on all proposed changes were Maine FFA President Kaley Norsworthy and Maine FFA Vice President Isabelle Wright.  Delegates actively debated and made proposals on areas related to the content of competitions, providing additional opportunities to students and accommodating students with special needs.  Accompanying Maine’s delegates was State Advisor Doug Robertson of the Maine Department of Education, who was chosen as one of this year’s recipients for the Honorary American FFA Degree.  Honorary Degrees are presented to individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA.