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Overview      
The National FFA Convention is held each October with over 60,000 plus FFA members and guests from across the country in attendance. Members participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, a career show and expo, volunteer activities and much more. It is the largest annual student gathering in the country.

The Nation's Largest Annual Student Gathering!      
Get ready for four days, 60,000 people and the future of agriculture! The National FFA Convention is filled with hundreds of opportunities including sessions and keynote speakers, the expo and career fair, tours, workshops, concerts, rodeos, dances and so much more.


National Convention Photos      
Please visit this page for photos of California award recipients at the 2017 National FFA Convention.

National Delegate Program      
Held in conjunction with the annual National FFA Convention and Expo, the experience brings together 475 student leaders from across the nation. Students convene to share ideas and perspectives that will ensure the continued progress of the organization. Delegates come from each of the organization's 52 state associations, with delegation sizes being determined by each association's percent of overall organizational membership.

Travel      
Official Dress and Travel
As FFA members, we have the opportunity to impact many people who may or may not be familiar with the organization: Community residents, businessmen and women, FFA sponsors, guests, parents, etc. Therefore, first impressions are crucial, and that involves the way we dress.

ALL FFA members are required to wear official dress while participating in official activities. California FFA members are expected to wear Official FFA Dress while traveling via air to National FFA Convention.

The California Association adopted a bylaw that states “California FFA members should abide by National FFA uniform Guidelines when competing or participating in National FFA Events”. Members are expected to wear off-black nylons during the National FFA Convention. Neutral nylons may be worn during the Washington DC trip.

National Convention / Entertainment Registration (2018)      
Convention registration will be made by the chapter directly through National FFA.  Early bird registration will be open from September 12, 2018 6:00pm EDT through October 2, 2018. Standard registration will be open from October 3, 2018 to Convention. Convention related activity tickets (i.e. concert, rodeo, dance, hypnotist, etc.) can be made on the National Convention website as well.

Registering for Convention and convention-related activities requires an active teacher/instructor MyFFA account.  As in past years, members, parents, chaperones, supporters, etc. cannot register themselves for convention in advance.  They must work with an agriculture teacher that has an active MyFFA online account.

California FFA Trip - National Convention registration will be handed out with California FFA trip packet when you arrive. All chapters on the California trip are utilizing the National Convention housing block.


Sponsors      

This conference is sponsored as a special project of the California FFA Foundation.


   
 
  2018 National Convention
     
 
   

  Registration
     
2018 National FFA Convention & Expo
October 24-27, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana
2019 National FFA Convention & Expo
October 30-November 2, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana
CONVENTION REGISTRATION
Advisors are responsible for their chapter's convention registration. Go to the National FFA website to register. Registration materials will be handed out at the orientation meeting in Indianapolis.

Early bird registration opens: September 12, 2018 6PM EDT
$60 Full registration (all California trips are in the National FFA housing block)
$35 Daily registration

Standard registration begins: October 3, 2018
$90 Full registration
$43 Daily registration

Convention & Expo Activity pricing & registration can be found here.
 
   

  Important Dates
     
2018 Registration:
Opens: May 1, 2018
Closes: July 2, 2018
Payment & Forms Due: August 1, 2018
National FFA Convention registration opens: September 12, 2018
 
   

  Cost
     
Wednesday Trip - Regular Conv*
Student: $970 (DC +$730)
Adult/Guest: $1170 (DC +$730)

Monday Trip - Early Conv* 
Student: $1070 (DC +$730)
Adult/Guest: $1370 (DC +$730)

Sunday Trip - Early Conv* 
Student: $1120 (DC +$730)
Adult/Guest: $1470 (DC +$730)

Registration Includes:
Transportation and lodging
 
   



  Contact
     
General Questions:
Jill Sperling
916/ 319-0494
jsperling@cde.ca.gov

Registration Questions:
Trisha Chapman
209/ 744-1600
tchapman@californiaffa.org

National Delegate Questions:
Josiah Mayfield
916/ 319-0486
jmayfield@californiaffa.org
 
   

 
 
     
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