SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Milford FFA chapter attended the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention on June 12-14 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests, according to a news release.
“Be Bold” was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including a career fair featuring colleges and agribusinesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city. The Convention’s 2018 service project benefitted children through “The Crayon Initiative,” which collects old, used crayons and creates new ones for distribution to art programs at children’s hospitals across the nation. The convention program featured addresses by National FFA Southern Region Vice President Ian Bennett of Georgia and from each of the retiring major state officers.
During the convention, the following awards were presented to the Milford FFA chapter:
Foundation Star Sponsor: Milford FFA Alumni The chapter was recognized for making a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA of at least $1,000 during the annual fundraising campaign.
State Winner Livestock (non-reasons) Career Development Event: The chapter was recognized for winning the state Livestock Evaluation CDE, which requires team members to evaluate and rank breeding and market livestock based on current industry desired traits and performance data. Teams evaluate cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.