National FFA Convention Highlights
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Contact: Andrea McNeely, (317) 586-5098 Julie Woodard, (317) 586-5103 National FFA Convention Highlights Wednesday, Oct. 21 FFA Grand March Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2:45 p.m. Join the National FFA Band and Talent as they lead FFA members and guests on a grand march from the Indiana Convention Center to Conseco Fieldhouse where the first session will take place. The march marks the official kick-off the 4-day convention. Keynote Speaker, Mike Rowe Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. Conseco Fieldhouse Mike Rowe has had more jobs than you. In fact, Mike has had more jobs than anyone. As the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel's Emmy-nominated series Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, Mike has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on more than 200 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid. He will address FFA members and advisors during the opening convention sessions. National FFA Agricultural Career Show Wednesday, 11:30 - 6:00 p.m. Thursday 8:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. Indiana Convention Center The National FFA Agricultural Career Show allows FFA members to explore careers and educational opportunities. The show features more than 300 companies, colleges and organizations and opens at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Some of this year’s highlights: Monsanto Mobile Technology Unit: The MTU is a 53-foot long, 1,000 square-foot interactive display featuring Monsanto's latest advances in seed breeding, biotechnology and new product development designed to help students become more aware of the career opportunities available within agriculture. The 30 minute tours have been booked for weeks prior to convention as advisors schedule time for their students to see the latest developments in technology. More than 1,200 students are expected to experience the MTU at the convention. America’s Heartland and SchoolTube.com: America’s Heartland and SchoolTube.com will have a mini TV studio set up at the Career Show (Booth numbers #1473-1475). Members and teachers are encouraged to stop by and get interviewed or learn more about the world of TV and podcasting. America’s Heartland television show and SchoolTube.com are also proud to join together for special online coverage of the convention. Those unable to come to Indianapolis can watch LIVE streaming of the general sessions presented at Conseco Fieldhouse. America’s Heartland and SchoolTube.com will also be filming behind-the-scenes stories and interviewing students throughout the convention. These feature stories will run all day on this special web channel dedicated to convention coverage. GAC: The Great American Country TV network (GAC) and FFA New Horizons Magazine are partnering on a program called "I AM FFA... And I Am Our Country’s Future" — a series of features stories covering the wide array of student accomplishments. Selected students will be highlighted through video and pictures to showcase their individual stories, not only as exceptional FFA members, but as teens with cool skills and talents. They will be located in the GAC Acoustic Green Room, Booth 741.