Blue and Gold: The Best Colors of the Season!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
88th Annual FFA Convention: Amplify

By: Beverley Flatt, Former FFA Member


My favorite thing about the month of October are the colors. Reds, oranges, browns, American Blue and Corn Gold. While the fall foliage is beautiful this time of year, the blue and gold of the FFA jacket are my favorite colors of the season. They remind me of my time spent in the National FFA Organization, the friends I made, the places I’ve visited, and of course, the National FFA Convention.


This year, more than 60,000 FFA members from across the nation and Puerto Rico will travel to Louisville, Kentucky for the 88th National FFA Convention. They will compete in career development events, participate in business sessions, network with agricultural businesses, and most importantly advocate for agriculture.


If you want to be a part of the event, but can’t make it all the way to Louisville, follow the conversations with these hashtags.


This year’s convention theme is “Amplify.” FFA members will learn how to amplify their voice and learn to tell their story when it comes to the importance of agriculture in the world today. Check out #AmplifyFFA to see what members are saying about the convention and everything they will learn during sessions, retiring addresses, and motivational speeches.


Did you know, every year before the National FFA Convention kicks off, thousands of students participate in a National Day of Service? The phrase “Living to Serve” is the final line of the FFA motto and is lived out by FFA members everyday. If you want to be inspired by the way FFA members are serving their community, follow #LivingtoServe and prepare to get a little misty-eyed.


In the month prior to Convention, FFA members have been sharpening their communication skills using the hashtag #SpeakAg. Each week, the National FFA Officers have challenged FFA members to show the world how they are growing their knowledge of agriculture in themselves, their school, their community and their government. Chances are you can borrow some of their thoughts and ideas for your own “agvocacy.”


Some are born into agriculture. Some are drawn to the ag industry. And, some are never exposed to the world of farming. However, we are all #Thankful4Ag. Check out and discover what crops you were born to grow! (I am destined to become a Potato Grower.)


After the National FFA Convention ends and those blue and gold jackets are put back on their hangers, there still needs to be a place for FFA members to tell their story. This year, the Bayer CropScience booth is encouraging members to share how they plan to #AgVocate for agriculture when they head back home. See what members plan to do and say and add your own thoughts and opinions to the conversation.  


Be sure to follow Bayer CropScience on Twitter and Instagram for updates from the National FFA convention and their #AgVocate booth!


Beverly FlattAbout the Author:
Beverley Flatt is a former FFA Member and one of our most recent Youth Ag Summit delegates. Learn more about her trip to Canberra, Australia for the summit click here.






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