Students from Indian Lake Ohio Hi-Point FFA Chapter recently attended the 2018 FFA National Convention held in Indianapolis. On the way to the convention, the 14 students stopped for a tour of Tuttle Apple Orchard and Kelsay Dairy Farm. From there they went to the 1st Opening Session of the 91st National FFA Convention.
On the first day in Indianapolis, the members got to spend the morning at the Indiana Convention Center interacting with hundreds of representatives from companies and over 50 colleges. The keynote of the second general session was the CEO of John Deere, Samuel Allen, who is celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary. His message was to be proud of where you come from, but always look to the future for success. The second night wrapped up with broncos and bull riding at the World’s Toughest Rodeo.
The students had fun meeting new friends and learning a lot about different parts of agriculture. They finished up the convention trip with tours at Umbarger Show Feed and Poe Hampshire. At Umbarger, the members toured the feed mill and the warehouse where they produce more than 18,000 tons of show feed distributed to 35 states across the country. Poe Hampshire Lamb Farm is one of the largest sheep operations in Indiana, with over 500 ewes. The students were shown every step of their production cycle and how they keep their organization going.
All the members had a great time in Indianapolis and learned a lot. The 14 members experienced many new opportunities and stepped out of their comfort zones along the way.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.