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Thousands of FFA members arrive for final national convention in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  More than 60,000 FFA members are in town for the final national convention to be held in Louisville.
The convention kicks off with a lunch Tuesday afternoon at the Kentucky Expo Center.  The 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo officially begins Wednesday. 

The convention of high school students and future agri-business majors has met off and on in Louisville since 1999.  It has been one of the city's largest conventions pumping $40 million into the local economy. 

Economic development leaders say part of losing the convention is the lack of a new hotel outside the main gate of the Fair and Expo Center.  In addition to extra hotel rooms, the FFA also wanted more meeting space.  So next year, the FFA convention moves to Indianapolis until 2024. The bid process for the 2025 convention starts next year.

This year marks the 85th anniversary of the National FFA Creed as well as the 50th anniversary of the merger of New Farmers of America, an agricultural organization for African-American students, with the National FFA Organization.

The convention and expo will kick off with keynote speaker Rick Rigsby during the opening sessions on Oct. 28 and 29. On Friday morning, past state FFA officer Amberley Snyder will share her message with FFA members on how she overcame adversity, and that evening, Brad Montague, who developed the idea for Kid President, will share his story.

Throughout the week, students will attend more than 70 leadership and personal growth workshops. FFA members will tour industry destinations, including Papa John’s international headquarters, Ford’s Louisville assembly plant, Churchill Downs and more.

FFA members will roll up their sleeves and participate in several planned community-service initiatives starting Oct. 29 as part of the National Days of Service. FFA members will pitch in and help a host of local organizations.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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