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Audrain County R-VI FFA students visit Washington D.C.

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Audrain County R-VI FFA members Trever Hoyt and Bryan Allen recently visited U.S. District Representative Sam Graves in Washington, D.C.

Audrain County R-VI FFA members Trever Hoyt and Bryan Allen recently visited U.S. District Representative Sam Graves in Washington, D.C.

Two members of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter recently attended the National FFA Organization’s 2014 Washington Leadership Conference on July 8-12.  Members attending included were Bryan Allen and Trever Hoyt.
The annual conference focuses on leadership development, personal growth, and community service. More than 2,200 students from throughout the U.S. who are FFA members attended one of the conference’s seven week-long sessions in June and July.
Audrain County R-VI FFA members worked with other members from across the U.S. to develop “Living to Serve Plans” to bring back to our local community and reach others throughout the state. Members plan to work with other school organizations and the community to put their plans into action and make a difference in their school and community.
In addition to working to develop “Living to Serve Plans”, members toured many sights in Washington DC, networked with members from across the country and built many unforgettable relationships. The conference provided a motivation for our members to make a difference in the lives of our students and community.
The 2014 National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference is sponsored through the National FFA Foundation by Monsanto, CSX, and Farm Credit.
The conclusion of each weekly session of the Washington Leadership Conference is a Day of Service, where students work together on a real, hands-on community-service project.  Students worked together to put together back to school backpacks and teacher trunks for local schools working with the CSX program. Students were able utilize leadership skills to serve the local students and teachers.
“CSX is proud to support the participation of FFA members in this life-changing leadership development conference,” said Tori Kaplan, AVP, CSX Corporate Social Responsibility. “The Washington Leadership Conference is an awesome opportunity for students to learn how to become a visionary and develop their decision-making and goal-setting skills while expanding their understanding of agribusiness and participating in community service. The experience and skills that students will learn will stay with them for a lifetime.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.