STATE FFA CONVENTION

Overview

In April, FFA members and guests from across the state participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, visit with colleges, and more.

 

2022 will mark Minnesota FFA's first in-person State Convention since 2019. 

Logistics, Requirements and Fees

Dates and Locations

The 2022 State Convention will be held April 24-26 on the University of MN – Twin Cities campuses, the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and (for Ag. Technology & Mechanics state participants only) the St. Paul Pipefitters Training and Certification Center. 

Supervision Requirements

The State FFA Convention is a state level experience but students participate as members of local programs.  FFA chapters are responsible for providing supervision, transportation, etc., and meeting the expectations of their district. MN FFA will work to provide optional sample planning resources for advisors.  These may include permission slips, codes of conduct, etc.  Noteworthy – by signing your students up for the convention you’ll be bringing them to an event that will be live broadcast and where their photo may be taken as a participant. FFA will share these images on social media but will work not to share the name of students unless they are award recipients.  Advisors with students who should not be captured and have their image shared (even anonymously) should connect with state staff so we can work to protect that minor.

COVID Restrictions/Requirements

As of February 10, the University of MN has lifted their requirement that all large events require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test.  As of February 19, the University still requires mask wearing for all indoor on-campus events.  The state FFA convention will have a consistent masking requirement for all convention participants in all locations. At this time, advisors should plan that mask wearing will be required.

Harassment, Code of Conduct and General Behavior

FFA has a harassment policy and a code of conduct that set minimum standards of behavior for FFA events. As advisors, you should have conversations with your students about the supportive, celebratory and positive culture of FFA events. FFA staff will work to distribute news about any emerging social trends such as last fall’s Let’s Go Brandon chant so that advisors have the best resources available to help students navigate in-person events they may not have yet experienced.  There are policies that can lead to the removal of participants however we are confident that setting clear, positive expectations will result in the best experience for all.

Convention Fees

Since 2019, several of our convention partners have changed pricing – sometimes as much as 40%.  We’ve also had to change the venues we’ve used with the loss of CECC.  Now that we’ve made enough progress to finalize venues, we’re gathering data and will share chapter and student fees as soon as possible. Watch for a potential survey about the estimated number of students you’d bring to convention so we can keep the costs as low as possible.