Each year roughly 60,000 FFA (Future Farmers of America) members from all across the United States and its territories gather at the National FFA Convention and Expo, which celebrated its 89th birthday this year Oct. 19 -22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, if you had looked close enough at the sea of blue corduroy jackets, you would have seen six jackets with McClave printed on the back.

Each year roughly 60,000 FFA (Future Farmers of America) members from all across the United States and its territories gather at the National FFA Convention and Expo, which celebrated its 89th birthday this year Oct. 19 -22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year, if you had looked close enough at the sea of blue corduroy jackets, you would have seen six jackets with McClave printed on the back.

The convention experience kicked off on Wednesday, Oct. 19, with the opening general session, followed by a concert featuring Cole Swindell and Chris Young at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. The convention itself spans three days and nine general sessions, which are dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of FFA members and chapters, and was held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Along with the general sessions, the convention is one of the largest agriculture expos in the world, and showcases the newest technology and innovations from some of the biggest names in agriculture, including John Deere, Case IH, Monsanto, New Holland and Caterpillar. Also, many of the top agricultural colleges are on hand to court prospective students as they promote their university's best features.

However, for most attendees, the highlight of the convention is the general sessions. At six of the sessions one of the national officers presents their retiring address and at three of the sessions keynote speakers deliver their powerful messages. This year the keynote speakers were: Diana Nyad, who illustrated that you should never give up on your dreams regardless of your age; James Brown, who gave up a life of NFL fame and money for one of service and humility as a farmer; and Colin Ryan, who demonstrated that managing your money is much simpler than people often make it out to be. At the final general session, on Saturday, Oct. 22, McClave FFA member Joel Souders received his American FFA Degree, the highest degree that be attained in the organization. The event culminated in the announcement of the newly elected national officer team, who will represent FFA and American agriculture throughout the coming year.

All in all the National FFA Convention and Expo is a place where like-minded individuals can come together and share their love of American agriculture, an industry that is number one in the world. It's a place for new friends, new experiences and lots and lots of fun.