State Officers make an effort to visit every chapter each year to educate students about FFA and agriculture.
Serving as a State Officer
Serving as an officer in the FFA is a great honor. Having the chance to serve as a state officer is an even greater honor and with it comes many opportunities to influence, impact and serve FFA members, advisors, teachers, and supporters of the organization. These opportunities to lead and impact are invaluable and represent what the service to the FFA is all about. Below is a list of the opportunities that state officers participate in during their year of service.
BLAST Off – (Building Leaders and Strong Teams of Officers)
This is a premier conference developed and presented by National FFA for state officers to begin their year of service. BLAST Off provides training in life management, presentations, social skills, personal goals and assessment.
NLCSO (National Leadership Conference for State Officers)
During this conference state officers develop their team and performance, plan and evaluate presentations, and build relationships with local, state and national levels. During this conference state officers meet other officers from other states and build relationships that can last a lifetime.
SPC – (State Presidents’ Conference)
This is a weeklong leadership conference for two state offices from each association held annually in Washington, D.C. This advanced leadership training builds on the first two components of the state FFA officer continuum. In addition to leadership development, participants develop an understanding of partner relationships and the initial phase of the national delegate process.
Iowa Agricultural Experience
Together with the National Pork Board and the Florida Pork Improvement Group, Florida FFA has created an opportunity for state FFA officers to dive into a week of true, production agriculture in the Midwest. This unique opportunity will be filled with farm and operation tours shining light on real American agriculture. Addition, various entities and staff will work to develop ways to share your experiences once you return to Florida.
National FFA Convention
National FFA Convention will be without a doubt one of the highlights of your year as a State Officer. Your experience at national convention as a State Officer will be unlike any of your previous convention experiences. The opportunity to serve as a National Delegate is an amazing chance to become truly involved in National FFA.
ILSSO (International Leadership Seminar for State Officers)
State officers have the opportunity to travel abroad and experience agricultural from a global perspective. This seminar gives officers networking opportunities with agriculture companies, a unique cultural experience, and an overall awareness about the ever-changing global marketplace.
Meet with agribusiness representatives and government officials
State officers also have the opportunities to meet with people that influence agriculture and education on state, national, and regional levels. State officers in the past have met with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Education, Governor, and various congressional leaders at the state and national levels.
Plan and prepare State Convention
Planning and running the state FFA convention is the last act that a state officer will perform during their year of service. The team works diligently in the months before convention to put together an atmosphere that will ultimately inspire members.
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Preparing to Serve as a State Officer
The primary responsibility of a state officer is to serve the Florida FFA Association, Agricultural Education and Agriculture as an ambassador in local, state and national activities in a way that will inform, motivate and inspire FFA members, advisors and others to embrace and uphold the FFA mission of making a positive difference in the lives of students
Preparing for Interviews and Practicum’s simply requires one strategy – practice. When preparing for interviews, applicants and candidates are encouraged to set up mock interviews, write and answer practice questions, get to know themselves, journal, consider different audiences, and enlist help.
Those interested in serving as a state officer should review the State Officer Candidate Handbook and share this information with parents and advisors.