The 90th Nebraska FFA Convention fourth general session took place on April 5, 2018 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska with State Officer Brock Vetick serving as the session chairperson.
Nebraska FFA welcomed Governor Ricketts to give remarks. Governor Ricketts shared information about the importance of agriculture to Nebraska, and the role of FFA members in the future of agriculture. “Agriculture is how we are going to grow our state, and you are part of agriculture,” he shared.
The Governor’s Awards of Excellence, sponsored by NIFA, recognizes outstanding projects and activities of agricultural education programs and FFA chapters in Nebraska. These awards are to encourage programs and chapters to develop programming that engages students in solving problems beyond those that exist today. Students are encouraged to apply technology and scientific principles as well as increase agricultural knowledge through student, chapter and community development activities.
$2,500 NIFA Grant Recipients
$1,000 NIFA Grant Recipients
Johnson County Central
The Career Academy
I Believe in the Future of Ag
Corporate sponsors have partnered with the Nebraska FFA Foundation for the 2016-17 I Believe in the Future of Agriculture campaign. In response to their challenge, FFA chapters raised $343,402.72 at the local level. I Believe sponsors have offered up to $35,000 in matching funds. As part of this program, local supporters can donate to their local FFA chapter through the Nebraska FFA Foundation. The designated chapter will receive 100% of the money and a portion of the $35,000 matching fund money. Local chapters are using their money for a variety of innovative projects in their communities and schools. The following chapters were recognized for their outstanding efforts and participation in the “I Believe” campaign.
State Officer Jessica Rudolph gave her retiring address entitled “The World Needs Your Love” during the second general session. She encouraged listeners to take care of themselves in order to serve others. Jessica encouraged the audience to “Feed yourself and give your love to the world.”
The Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award was presented to Mr. Dana Anderson of Aurora for his outstanding dedication as an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor. A student commented on Mr. Anderson’s leadership helping students through grief as the chapter tragically lost a member.
The keynote speaker was the 2017-2018 National FFA Southern Region Vice President Gracie Furnish. She encouraged listeners to find the opportunities that come when we are told “no.”