Local Students Attend Youth Conference

2013 Youth Conf


More than 500 FFA members, County Farm Bureau Managers, FFA advisors from 76 Illinois counties attended the 2013 Illinois Farm Bureau® & Affiliates Youth Conference, April 8-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield.

Pictured (left to right) are:  Front Row – Shyanne Thomas, West Prairie FFA; Beca Vera, Bushnell-Prairie Central FFA; Katie Moore, West Prairie FFA

        Back Row – Caitlin Suter, Bushnell-Prairie City FFA; Ashley McEwen, Bushnell-Prairie Central FFA; Darren Riskedal, President, Illinois Association FFA; Kaity Spangler, Bushnell-Prairie City FFA; Jake Nelson, West Prairie FFA

   “Growing Legacies,” the theme of this year’s conference, offered FFA members in their junior year of high school, a unique opportunity for career and personal development. This year’s attendees got the opportunity to visit with representatives about scholarships, internships, leadership programs, and career opportunities from community colleges, universities, agriculture commodity groups, and the Illinois Farm Bureau and its the family of companies at a career fair. The conference also provided a series of breakout sessions that outlined opportunities in agriculture and provided information about the Illinois Farm Bureau and its family of companies.  Participants brought 2, 387 cans of food to the conference for the Harvest For All program.

The annual two-day conference is sponsored by Illinois Farm Bureau and its affiliated companies, which include GROWMARK, COUNTRY Financial, Prairie Farms and the IAA Credit Union. Please visit www.youthed.org or http://www.facebook.com/ilfbyea for more information on the Illinois Farm Bureau & affiliated companies Youth Education program.