FFA members can go one step beyond in increasing their leadership skills by attending a select variety of conferences available to them. Each conference focuses on different leadership skills, such as personal growth or team building skills. It is highly encouraged to attend any of these conferences to learn more about the FFA and how you can become a leader within your chapter and community.
Introduces students to the benefits and opportunities in Agricultural Education, including SAE and FFA. This conference is the “hook-line-and-sinker” to get students to buy into Agricultural Education throughout their four years in high school.
Personal development starts with the individual. Self-discovery of talents, strengths, interests and personal character are emphasized as the individual is channeled to discover their passion in life. This conference focuses on “Student Development and ME: one's personal skills and development of the ability to be successful.”
Once a leader is comfortable with their own self and self-purpose, they can discover how to work with others and establish a goal. The process for analyzing program needs and planning a project or event is the focus of this conference as students discover how to be teams of innovative leaders in their chapter. This conference about "WE: the individual leader, their relationships with others and how to establish common vision."
Students step into the role of one of California's State legislators, are assigned a specific California district and spend four days in Sacramento. SLE is all about the role of government, agricultural policy and advocacy. This conference focuses on Community Development and SERVE: the ability to grow and develop others and serve your community.”
Over 5,000 high school students, advisors and guests attend the largest annual conference Fresno hosts -- the California FFA State Leadership Conference at the Selland Arena in downtown Fresno. The four-day conference attracts young agricultural leaders from over 300 chapters of California FFA. The Convention encourages students to develop personal and team leadership skills, discover agricultural careers, establish lasting friendships and strive for success.
More than 60,000 attend the annual National FFA Convention & Expo, including students, teachers, school administrators, former FFA members and guests from throughout the country. The event is the nation’s largest annual gathering of students. Students have the opportunity to explore career and educational opportunities from more than 450 industry-leading exhibitors at the Expo and participate in hundreds of education workshops and tours.