Students develop workforce skills at 2019 Nevada FFA Convention
SPARKS, Nev. — More than 550 FFA students from across Nevada are attending the 2019 Nevada FFA State Convention from March 19-22.
Students are competing in career development events and community service projects that provide leadership and technical skill growth for future food and agriculture careers and allow students to build their local communities.
“FFA provides students with skills to succeed in whatever their future interests and goals are,” National FFA Secretary Layni LaBlanc said. “This happens in classrooms and laboratories, at career development events, during supervised agricultural experiences or work-based projects, and within leadership opportunities within the organization.”
One of these career development events was a floriculture competition, which took place March 20 at the Sparks Florist Floral Design Center warehouse.
This event consisted of designing floral arrangements, identifying floral species and equipment and working in a team to problem solve and efficiently complete a task. These events are teaching both soft skills, like teamwork, and technical skills that can be applied in many other workplaces, including those not related to food and agriculture.
“This is my fourth year at the Nevada FFA State Convention,” Leta Ikonen, Churchill County FFA student, said. “It’s a great opportunity to participate in these career development events, like the floriculture competition, but it’s also nice for our chapter to be recognized for what we’re learning and accomplishing.”
The Nevada FFA Association consists of more than 2,900 members in 29 chapters. State Convention is an opportunity for those chapters to be recognized for their accomplishments. Nevada agriculture education students contributed more than $1.77 million to the state economy in 2017 through work-based projects where they spent more than 219,000 hours developing career skills.
For more information about agricultural education in Nevada and Nevada FFA, visit nvaged.com.
This article was provided to the NNBV by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
Nevada was honored in the 3- to 5-million population category, alongside Kentucky and Utah, while Alabama was awarded the Gold Shovel in the same Category. Other Gold Shovel Awards went to Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Arizona and Mississippi.