Gigi Dennis, senior manager external affairs, represented Tri-State at Colorado’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) convention and awarded the scholarships for the Washington Leadership tour. This year’s Colorado FFA convention was held in Alamosa on May 29 and almost 1,400 students and staff attended Adams State University for the event.
Tri-State has a history of contributing to the statewide FFA foundations in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and New Mexico. Those funds support FFA students who attend the annual Washington Leadership Conference in our nation’s capital. The event gives them an opportunity to learn how the federal government operates, tour the city and meet their state’s elected officials.
The main events of the convention were the presentation of proficiency awards and scholarships, a talent competition and recognition of the sponsors. Awards were given for those that excelled at extemporaneous speaking, diversified livestock production, home and community development, and to winners of the agricultural science fair as well as a quiz bowl.
Students had the option to attend career development sessions in areas such as agricultural communications, agricultural issues forum, agronomy, farm business management and mock job interviewing.