Students from the Indian Lake High School/Ohio Hi-Point FFA Chapter recently attended the 2018 FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.
Participants included Callie Stidam, Addison Moist, Cheyenne Hill, Madison Howell, Kaley Rice, Kayla Cummins, Brittany Sturms, Megan Keckler, Nikita Scheifele, Phoebe Brielmaier, Abigail Stutzman, Jazzlynn Goings, Angelina Arthur and Lukas Kinney.
En route to the convention, the pupils stopped for a tour of Tuttle Apple Orchard and Kelsay Dairy Farm.
On the first day in Indianapolis, the members spent the morning at the Indiana Convention Center interacting with hundreds of representatives from various companies and more than 50 colleges.
The keynote speaker for the second general session was Samuel Allen, John Deere CEO, who is celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary. His message was to be proud of where you come from, but always look to the future for success. The second night concluded with attending a bronco and bull riding show.
The convention trip wrapped up with tours at Umbarger Show Feed and Poe Hampshire Lamb Farm. At Umbarger, the members toured the feed mill and the warehouse, where more than 18,000 tons of show feed is distributed to 35 states across the country.
The Poe Hampshire Lamb Farm is one of the largest sheep operations in Indiana, with over 500 ewes. The students were shown every step of the farm’s production cycle.