200 Ala. students head for Indiana, FFA Convention

More than 200 Alabama students will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, this week to participate in three days of competitions and advanced leadership workshops at the 2011 National FFA Convention, The Alabama Department of Education said Tuesday.

Nearly 55,000 students, teachers, and parents from across the country are expected to attend.

"This event is such an exciting opportunity for our students," says Philip Paramore, Alabama FFA Executive Secretary. "Our students will participate in national competitions, leadership workshops, educational tours, community service activities, and much more. The National FFA Convention is the largest gathering of students in the world and the third largest convention in the United States, only surpassed in size by the Democratic and Republican national conventions."

FFA was founded in 1928 as the "Future Farmers of America." Currently, this organization has chapters in all 50 states and more than 500,000 members nationwide.

FFA is focused on preparing students for successful careers in agriculture-related fields. According to current research, one out of every five Americans is employed in the critical food, fiber, and natural resources industries of agriculture.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Dept. of Education