Purpose to Action “Transformed” at National FFA Convention & ATA Conclave

The National FFA Convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 19-22, 2016 and this year’s theme was “Transform: Purpose to Action.” Many of our Ag Ed and ACM students received their American Degrees, which is the highest award from the organization. A full list of names can be found on the National FFA website.

Valerie Earley

A tremendous congratulations to our very own Valerie Earley on being elected as a 2016-2017 National FFA Officer! Valerie is an Agricultural Communication & Marketing student from Wykoff, Minnesota. She will be serving as the Central Region Vice President. All of us from the U of M Agricultural Education division are incredibly proud of Valerie and her hard work. We wish her the best of luck as she serves FFA members in the upcoming year!

Elizabeth Wilts

Elizabeth Wilts, also an Agricultural Communication & Marketing student, was the 2016 National FFA Proficiency Winner in the area of Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production. She is from the Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg FFA Chapter. Through her proficiency, Elizabeth has developed skills in financial planning, record keeping, machinery maintenance, analyzing results, and planting, growing, and harvesting 40 acres of soybeans on her family’s diversified farm. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

ATA Conclave

For our collegiate students in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication & Marketing, participation in the Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave offers an opportunity to engage, compete, and represent the University of Minnesota. The Conclave, held in conjunction with National FFA Convention, involved ten University of Minnesota students. The students represented us well, participating in four national contests: Essay, Team Essay, Quiz Bowl, and Program of Excellence. We are so proud of all students who represented the Ag Ed Club at the 2016 Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave!