The primary concern of Minnesota FFA is the health and safety of student participants and associated partners and volunteers. As the situation with novel coronavirus/COVID-19 is continually evolving, FFA staff monitors updates and recommendations from health and school officials on state and federal levels. As restrictions on group size, travel and personal safety change, FFA staff works to apply these recommendations to plans for current and future events and, if necessary, to modify or cancel programs that are unable to operate within the most up-to-date guidelines.
This page will serve as a resource for updates about affected programs, modifications or cancellations.
Affected and Adapted Programs and Events (Updated April 28, 2020):
Food Science State Finals (March 20, 2020): Cancelled due to venue policy.
State Convention Planning and Preparation (Ongoing): In person events rescheduled to virtual from March 15 through delivery of convention.
State Officer Selection Process (April 17-19): State Officer Selection has been postponed to May 1-3, 2020 and transitioned to a virtual selection process. Candidates advancing to interview rounds will be provided updated details about interview rounds and how they may be modified for delivery in a virtual setting.
State FFA Convention (April 19-21): State FFA Convention has been postponed to May 19-21 and will be delivered virtually. Convention registration will no longer have an individual registration fee and will be available for unlimited participants within each chapter. More details will be made available on the state convention page found under Participate >>Conventions and Events >>State Convention.
In addition to a virtual convention, MN FFA is partnering with the MN State Fair to coordinate an FFA Celebration at the end of summer. Final details will become available as they are confirmed.
State Finals for Career and Leadership Development Events (April 19-21): Due to concerns about equitable access to virtual events, State Finals for Career and Leadership Development Events are cancelled for 2020. This decision was made cooperatively by the FFA Adult and the MAAE CDE Committee. It was sustained by the Board of Student Officers and ratified by the MAAE Executive Committee.
Region Officer Leadership Orientation (Spring): Staff is evaluating curriculum for ROLO conferences, typically delivered regionally, for virtual delivery. They are also considering options for rescheduling events until late summer.
State Greenhand Leadership Conference (June 15-19): Due to the inability to guarantee lodging that meets requirements for social distancing, SGLC is cancelled for summer 2020. FFA staff is exploring ways to deliver entry level leadership development in the coming months as restrictions ease.
State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders (June 27-July 2): At this time, no recommendations have been made to cancel SLCCL. Staff is watching recommendations from school and health officials and will open registration when we can confidently offer the program. Staff is also exploring alternative delivery dates/locations if possible.
Washington Leadership Conference Trip (July 14-19): The Minnesota trip to the Washington Leadership Conference is cancelled. All weeks of the conference offered by National FFA have been cancelled for summer 2020. Students receiving scholarships are eligible to apply their scholarship to their personal trip in 2021, if applicable.
inTENse: an Agricultural Career Experience (July 13-17): At this time, no recommendations have been made to cancel inTENse however we are mindful of restrictions being imposed upon residential college campuses that may result in a required cancellation in the coming weeks.
Minnesota FFA staff remain focused on recommendations regarding the health and safety of students and continue to explore opportunities to engage students virtually, in appropriate sized groups/settings or on potentially rescheduled dates. Until further notice event registration systems will not open until Minnesota FFA has the ability to confidently plan to execute the event. Should changes occur after an event registration is made public, FFA staff will work directly with registered students and chapters to communicate cancellations or adaptations.