With the National FFA convention back in Indianapolis it is a perfect scenario for American Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau to team up and reach out to over 65,000 potential new Farm Bureau members. Allie Rieth, INFB’s Young Farmer & Youth Programs Coordinator, says they’re involved in many aspects of the convention.
“We’re very excited to have Indiana Farm Bureau staff judging a lot of the career development events, being able to interact with students at the American Farm Bureau Federation booth, and we also get to host and sponsor a lot of other awards and events this week. So we’re very excited to have the opportunity to engage 65,000 potential future members,” Rieth said.
“They have picture stations,” she said. “You can write letters to veterans and farmers alike. There are lots of free giveaways to help remember your time here at the convention. We are having our collegiate members help staff and volunteer that booth, so we have members from Purdue, Vincennes, and Ivy Tech all working at that booth.”
Rieth told HAT the Farm Bureau collegiate students are happy to explain options available for life after growing their leadership skills in FFA.
“When they’re ready to hang up that jacket, there is a place for them, and a place to continue using and developing those skills either at the collegiate level, and we have a lot of young farmer programs that you can become part of right out of high school which helps continue on to your local county Farm Bureau board, staying involved with your local community.”
Rieth and INFB were happy to host Kathleen Jacobs this summer as their public policy team intern. They’re hoping for good news for Jacobs Saturday afternoon when the Purdue student learns if she will be part of the new National FFA officer team.
You can become an Indiana Farm Bureau member by joining online at www.infb.org/findyourvoice.
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