2017 National FFA Convention results

The National FFA Convention took place in Indianapolis, Oct. 25–28. Nearly 500 students from Montana attended the convention.

Speakers for the event included Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue; Laila Ali, author and professional boxer; Mick Ebeling, motivational speaker; and Jon Petz, motivational speaker. Leadership workshops were held throughout the week and sponsors and exhibitors from across the U.S. participated in the trade show. 

Montana’s teams, from Shepherd to Kalispell, competed in 21 different events. Leading the way for Montana was the livestock evaluation team from Big Timber who placed fifth, the Townsend FFA Agricultural Sales team who placed seventh and the Belgrade Farm Business Management team who also placed seventh. These three teams, as well as all the other Montana teams, competed for the national title against state winning teams from the 49 other states in their respective events.

The highest individual placing was earned by Crystal Sutton from Kalispell with a third-place finish in Vet Science and Trenton Braaten from Townsend with a ninth-place finish in Sales.


Final CDE results are as follows:

Agriculture Communications – Cascade – Silver; Agriculture Issues – Corvallis – Silver; Agriculture Mechanics – Missoula – Silver; Agriculture Sales – Townsend – seventh-place – Gold; Agronomy – Missoula – Silver; Conduct of Chapter Meetings – Shepherd – Bronze; Environmental Science – Missoula – Bronze; Farm Business Management – Belgrade – seventh-place – Gold; Floriculture – Hinsdale – Bronze; Food Science – Conrad – Bronze; Forestry – Missoula – Bronze; Horse evaluation – Missoula – Gold; Livestock evaluation – Big Timber – fifth-place – Gold; Marketing Plan – Victor – Silver; Meats – Missoula – Bronze; Parliamentary Procedure – Joliet – Gold; and Veterinary Science – Kalispell – Silver


*Individual events

Employment Skills – Kolby Dietz/Shepherd – Silver; Creed Speaking – Mckenna Quirk/Missoula – Bronze; Extemporaneous Speaking – Katie Koterba/Electric City – Bronze; and Prepared Speaking – Claire Stevenson/Hobson – Bronze

Forty-seven Montana FFA Members received the American FFA Degree, the highest degree that can be bestowed upon a member. 

The next activity for Montana FFA members was the John Deere Agriculture Exposition at Montana State University in Bozeman,which ends Saturday.


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