60,007 in attendance

There was a record attendance at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last week.  Another record was the FFA elected the first African-American female to be the national president. The National FFA Convention is exciting. It is like a 30 ring circus with all types of workshops, competitions, and entertainment going on.

One event that occurs during the FFA Convention is the annual meeting of the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (NASAE). It was my pleasure to speak to the NASAE members about “After 100 Years It Is Time for a Change in SAE!” The Snith-Hughes Act of 1917 which provided federal funds to support the teaching of agriculture in public schools required all agricultural students to have “farming projects”. Even though the types of projects students have conducted has changed over the past 100 years, more change is needed.

About gmoore@ncsu.edu

Gary Moore is a professor at North Carolina State University.
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