State FFA Convention

2021 Minnesota FFA Convention - "WORTH IT"

The Minnesota FFA Foundation is a proud partner for the 2021 Minnesota FFA State Convention held April 19-23, 2021.  During the Minnesota FFA Convention, the Minnesota FFA Foundation will host virtual events Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, the Foundation will run a fundraising campaign, “Someone Invested in You. Will You Invest in Someone?”  for supporters to follow along on the Foundation’s social channels FacebookTwitter and Instagram

The FFA Foundation’s supporters and sponsors make parts of this year’s convention possible, including:

  • The Convention app and the Convention App online;

  • A nine-student ambassador team to promote agricultural education;

  • A Media Award to recognize efforts on behalf of the Foundation Board of Trustees;

  • Recognition of FFA’s graduating seniors;

  • A Virtual Career Connector panel series;

  • Contributing Sponsor of the Minnesota FFA Convention In a Box; 

  • Awards for top-placing Proficiency winners for Supervised Agricultural Experiences; and

  • Awards for top-placing Career Development and Leadership Development Events.


“Supporting student growth and success is at the heart of what we do, and this year is no exception,” said Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation executive director. “The Minnesota FFA Foundation recognizes the importance of investing in youth preparing for careers in agriculture and leadership for their local communities. As FFA members come together to celebrate at this year's convention, we are reminded that FFA members are ‘Worth It.’” 


Foundation Virtual Events:

Join the Foundation’s virtual events during convention. The events can be accessed through the Convention app.

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"Planting Seeds - Growing Leaders" 

Tuesday, April 20th - 6:00pm 

“Planting Seeds – Growing Leaders,” featuring students, board members and an estate planning expert.  Join the Minnesota FFA Foundation as we will be hosting “Planting Seeds – Growing Leaders,” featuring students, board members and an estate planning expert.  You can ensure that the future is bright for young leaders in agricultural education. A gift to the Minnesota FFA Foundation will leave behind a legacy that will leave on in to perpetuity to celebrate your values, and help young people develop skills to be leaders in the future. Your support of the Minnesota FFA Foundation will provide opportunities for today's students as well as those yet to come. Learn about how to leave a Planned Gift though through the Minnesota FFA Foundation.

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Minnesota FFA Foundation Honors Reception

Wednesday, April 21st - 6:00pm 

Minnesota FFA Foundation Honors Reception recognizing donors and the media award recipient, and enjoy the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame induction by the Minnesota FFA Alumni and Supporters. A short program will include recognition of High-Level Donors, 10-20-30-50-year donors, recognition of Media Award, induction of the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame members and other recognition of outstanding supporters. We look forward to this opportunity to recognize you for your support of FFA and Agricultural Education.

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"Making a Difference in Agriculture - One Student at a Time"

Thursday, April 22nd - Noon

Making a Difference in Agriculture - One Student at a Time, is a joint event with Minnesota AgriGrowth. Hear from students, teachers and business representatives on the impact Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) / FFA programs have on preparing youth for future careers to meet the growing need for agricultural talent.  We have a talented line up of speakers and panelists for the day:  

Rod Hebrink , President & CEO, Compeer Financial (invited)

Lara Durben, Trustee, Minnesota FFA Foundation & Partner, Empowered Events (invited)

Nicole Koziolek, Ag Communications & Marketing with a crop & soil emphasis Student, University of Minnesota

Mike Miron, AFNR Instructor, Forest Lake School

Sheryl Meshke, Co-President & CEO, AMPI

Tamara Nelsen, Executive Director, Minnesota AgriGrowth

Val Aarsvold, Executive Director, Minnesota FFA Foundation

The event is free!  Please register by clicking the button above!

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Minnesota FFA Convention in a Box

The Minnesota FFA Foundation Convention in a Box sponsored by the Minnesota FFA Foundation and Minnesota FFA Alumni is a cooperative effort and a new addition to this year’s convention.  Each FFA chapter across Minnesota has received their very own Convention in a Box. Included in the box are supplies for the Convention, gifts from Foundation Star Partners and Agricultural Education University partners, and items from the Minnesota FFA Alumni, Minnesota FFA Association and the Minnesota FFA Foundation.  All items included in the Convention in a Box are intended to support our FFA members and enhance their Convention experience. 

Check out our 2020 FFA Publication

The 2020 Minnesota FFA Publication celebrates Minnesota FFA members accomplishments over the last year.  We are so thankful to our sponsors and supporters who make the publication possible.  Enjoy the publication below!