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Local FFA Students Attend Conference

By Staff | Jan 26, 2016

ONFERENCE?ATTENDEES - Austin Bergstrom, Kolten Long, Tyler Thompson and Calvin Hart recently attended a special FFA?Leadership Conference at the Iowa FFA?Enrichment Center in Ankeny. -- submitted photo

Students from FFA chapters across Iowa attended the Discovery, 212o and 360 Leadership Conferences. These conferences are an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by title sponsor Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Austin Bergstrom, Calvin Hart, Tyler Thompson, and Kolten Long, members of the Emmetsburg FFA Chapter attended the event January 9, 2016 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

212 – the temperature at which water boils focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211 water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The one-day 212o Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of all aspects of personal growth. FFA members attended sessions on mental, emotion, physical and social growth. Students leave this experience with a personal plan for self-improvement.

360 – takes students full circle in terms of chapter leadership. The one-day 360 conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spent their time in sessions understanding the importance of building health relationships, being trustworthy, making critical decisions and collaborating with others. Students leave this conference with the necessary understanding and skills to be a person of influence in their chapters and communities.

The Iowa FFA Association is a youth organization of over 14,800 student members as part of 225 local FFA chapters across Iowa. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The Iowa FFA Association was organized by delegates from 23 schools at Iowa State College on May 17, 1929 and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The Iowa Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the Iowa FFA Association online at IowaFFA.com, on Facebook, and Twitter.