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LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University will host FFA members and visitors from across the state during the State FFA Convention June 5-8.
About 1,000 FFA members will gather for contests, workshops, elections and awards at the convention titled "Take it to the Limit," a theme inspired by an Eagles song intended to encourage students to work to their fullest and reach for their potential.
"The FFA convention is the highlight of the year," said Les Purcella, state FFA supervisor. "It's a combination of everything these members have worked for all year."
Students will compete in 10 contests, such as agriculture issues and agriculture marketing. Students will have a chance to debate an issue related to agriculture, such as water, through role playing or debates. In the marketing contest, students develop a plan for a product that includes a comprehensive marketing strategy.
Rhett Laubach of Edmond, Okla., a former national FFA officer who now focuses on helping people reach their personal potential, will serve as keynote speaker. His company, Personal Leadership Intelligence, serves as a leadership resource for young people and helps develop teamwork in corporate settings.
National FFA officers will present workshops. In addition to competing for honors in contests, many students will accept scholarships and awards for projects and record books completed during the year.
"Members gain a lot of self motivation and leadership training. This is the premier career-oriented activity that we do for the young people," Purcella said.
New Mexico has 6,000 agricultural education students, more than 4,000 of whom belong to FFA in 75 New Mexico chapters. Members participate in community service projects, competitions and leadership events that prepare them for more than 300 careers related to agriculture.
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