By National FFA Organization
INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis will transform into a sea of blue jackets this week when the National FFA Convention & Expo kicks off for the 91st time. More than 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend this time-honored tradition, where innovators and leaders of tomorrow come together.
Convention and expo events will take place at several venues in downtown Indianapolis and other surrounding areas. FFA members and advisors will meet in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where eight of the nine general sessions will be held. At the Indiana Convention Center, members can explore the expo or expand their minds by attending a variety of workshops or participating in educational and career success tours.
This year, the theme of the convention and expo is Just One, and the national officer team is excited to share this with all of those in attendance.
It’s estimated that the national convention and expo will have a $40 million impact on the city. Attendees will stay in 115 hotels throughout the Indianapolis area.
Hundreds of dairy farmers from throughout Wisconsin, the Midwest and the nation will descend Jan. 23-24 on the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wis., for Dairy Strong, a conference and trade show designed with dairy farmers in mind.
Dairy farmers who register by Nov. 1 for the event can attend for free. Registration is now open at dairystrong.org and farmers who sign up by Nov. 1 receive two complimentary registrations. After Nov. 1, dairies can attend for $150 for two days or $99 for one day.
Industry professionals are also encouraged to attend to learn about the latest innovations in dairy farming.
This year’s event features inspiring keynote speakers, high-quality programming and plenty of networking opportunities.
Keynote speaker Molly Fletcher, known as the “female Jerry Maguire,” will open the conference. She has represented some of the top names in sports including PGA golfer Matt Kuchar and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz. Fletcher will call on her business wisdom, relationship experience and unwavering optimism to draw parallels to the dairy community.
Dairy Strong includes innovative and practical sessions to help farmers improve their dairies, as well as main-stage speakers covering important issues like dairy economics and election outcomes.
The event also brings together farmers, corporate professionals and representatives from government agencies and universities come together with a united mission to move dairy forward. Attendees will also have the chance to network with the nation’s leading suppliers in our relaxed and intimate trade show. Dairy Strong is an inclusive environment where farms of all sizes and business philosophies connect with each other and the dairy community.
All food and sessions are included in the registration fee.
For more information about the fifth annual Dairy Strong, including schedule and registration information, go to dairystrong.org.