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State FFA Convention and FFA Camp Readying for Summer
Kentucky Ag Connection - 06/10/2021

Kentucky FFA Executive Director Sheldon McKinney says members are ready for a hybrid convention in Lexington.

The 2021 State FFA Convention and FFA Leadership Training Center will take place in modified forms this summer. Both events were held in a complete virtual format in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, parts will be in-person and some parts will still be virtual.

The 92nd State FFA Convention is a hybrid event this week. Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events were conducted virtually in late May. Award finalists were notified and invited to attend convention sessions in person. Four convention sessions are being held in Lexington, and are being broadcast live through YouTube. In order to ensure social distancing, attendance has been limited to state FFA officers, award winners, and other invited guests.

According to State FFA Advisor Brandon K. Davis, "The hybrid convention option will allow us to celebrate the accomplishments of FFA members while keeping everyone safe and healthy. We look forward to having FFA members together again for the first time since March of 2020."

The Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center (LTC) will be offering a modified program for the summer of 2021. The LTC will offer ten sessions of FFA Camp with limited attendance. Officer classes, leadership development workshops, and networking opportunities will be provided to students who attend. A major focus of the LTC program will be helping chapters plan activities and events in a post-COVID world.

FFA LTC Director Josh Mitcham expressed excitement at the prospect of hosting FFA campers this summer. "We're so happy that we can provide in-person leadership training for FFA members. Many chapters have been struggling over the past year, and we look forward to helping them make plans for a new year."

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