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Local FFA members get training at conference

Those at the leadership training convention included, from left, MN FFA State President Jake Roesseler, Annika Merkens, Tyler Myhre and Region I FFA President Logan Milligan. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Over 140 Minnesota FFA members gathered for the State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack from June 23-27 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters.

Members from the Detroit Lakes FFA chapter included Annika Merkens and Tyler Myhre.

The goal of State Greenhand Leadership Conference is to give personal coaching to first-year high school FFA members. These members come from across the state of Minnesota in all corners of the state, represent unique sectors of agriculture and have been recognized as top leaders in their schools.

During the conference, students cover an array of topics during sessions that focus mostly on personal development. Goal setting, professional leadership and career exploration are just a few of the topics discovered during this five-day leadership camp.

FFA members had the opportunity to connect with different individuals outside of sessions during fun activities such as volleyball, canoeing and hiking. Each night, the state officers shared personal reflections with the campers, and the final day wrapped up camp with a banquet, talent show and dance.

State Greenhand Leadership Conference serves the Minnesota FFA Association by building talented and young individuals. These members often go on to become chapter, region and state leaders within their FFA chapters and communities.

This leadership conference was made possible with financial contributions from CHS, Northland Ford Dealers, Alliance Pipeline and Dr. Curtis Youngs as a special project of the Minnesota FFA Foundation.