Over the next four days over 50,000 blue and gold jackets will make their way to the heart of Indianapolis. Former Indiana FFA state officer and current Indiana State Director of Agriculture Joe Kelsay says those jackets are a great way to share the importance of FFA.
“When we can introduce on a really broad scale the kind of national draw we have at this kind of convention, in a city that may or may not be familiar with agriculture, what it means to them, and what all this organization can do,” he says. “It is really exciting, from my standpoint, to be a part of this organization, its history, and then to see it promoted here in Indianapolis.”
Kelsay offers this advice to students participating in FFA. “Put the most you can into this organization,” he says. “Because, it will pay you back time and time again – for the rest of your life. It’s a great opportunity to hone and develop your skills – but also to meet some great, great people.”
And those people, he says, are often times involved in our professional lives in years down the road.