Regional Development Conference

The Minnesota FFA Alumni Association invites you to attend our Virtual Regional Development Conference. Join us virtually on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The theme this year will be Strategic Planning. To register please fill out the registration form here. 

Minnesota FFA Alumni and Supporters Annual Conference

Our Annual Conference and Meeting will be held on March 5, 2022 at South Central College in Mankato.  We will have speakers, networking opportunities, and fun.  We look forward to see you all in person in 2022! See the list below of our workshop options for this year and the full agenda for the day. If you have any questions please email us at mnffalumni@gmail.com

***South Central College requires masks to be worn in ALL indoor areas***

We will be staying at Comfort Inn and Suites in Mankato, which is conveniently 1.5 blocks from South Central College. We have a block of rooms reserved for Friday night March 4th and Saturday March 5th, however the last day for the special rate is February 11th. When you go to register and pay, there is where you will select if you would like a hotel room. We will make the reservations if you register and pay by February 11th.

Hotel Accommodations
Comfort Inn & Suites
2000 Commerce Dr.
Mankato, MN 56003
(P) 507-388-3800

Note: If you have not booked a room for Friday or Saturday, you can contact the hotel directly to book a room. Standard rates will apply.

To register and pay for Annual Conference please go to Registration and Payment

The workshops this year will include:

10:15 – 10:55 am Workshop options

Alumni Business 101 Part 1: an overview of running the business side of your FFA Alumni and Supporters affiliate. Led by Stan Vander Kooi, Jim Burns, and Cara Soukup of the MN FFA Alumni Executive Team.

Understanding FFA: New to FFA? Need help understanding the ALPHABET soup? We’ll explore the structure and opportunities of FFA, how Alumni & Supporters fit in and what makes YOU a valuable resource! Led by Corynn Flood and Amanda Zeidler of the MN FFA Alumni Executive team.

Strategic Planning: The session on strategic planning will cover how to properly set goals, how to inspire action and how to reach your organizations full potential. Lead by Steve Olson.

FFA Member Strategic Planning: Brand New in 2022! A track just for current FFA members. This first session is on strategic planning, your priorities and goals are different than our Alumni folks so we created a workshop just for you. This workshop is on goal setting and how to reach your full potential. Led by past state officers Benjamin Olander, Emilee Xayanourom, Elaina Knott, Anna Euerle, and Laney Swiers.

11:00 – 11:40 am Workshop options

Alumni Business 101 Part 2: an overview of running the business side of your FFA Alumni and Supporters affiliate. Led by Jim Burns and Cara Soukup of the MN FFA Alumni Executive Team.

Opportunities for Regional Involvement: Do you often wonder “How can I be more involved with FFA beyond high school?” Maybe your kids were in FFA but you were not, maybe you are a young professional with an FFA background and want to learn more about the FFA Alumni at the local level. These ideas are more will be discussed during this session. Led by Russ Runck and Jeff Voss, MN FFA Alumni Regional Directors.

Grants & Scholarships for Alumni: Did you know you can apply for and get scholarships for your Alumni Affiliate?! Did you know you can even get a scholarship to pay for your $300 annual fee?! These opportunities and more will be discussed during this session. Led by Stan Vander Kooi, MN FFA Alumni treasurer.

FFA members – Get Involved – Stay Involved: This workshop will go over how easy it is to stay involved with the FFA after high school. Did we mention as an FFA member you get 5 years of free membership to the Alumni?! Led Charlie Vogel and John Peterson

Registration and payment 

The Schedule of Events for the Day Includes:

9:30-10:00 am – Registration/Check-In for MN FFA Alumni Annual Conference

10:00-10:10 am – Welcome by Mark Jirik, State FFA Alumni President

10:15-10:55 am – Development Workshops

  • Alumni 101: Business Part 1  – Stan, Jim, and Cara
  • Strategic Planning  – Steve
  • Understanding FFA  –  Corynn, Amanda
  • FFA member workshop – Strategic Planning – Past State Officers Benjamin, Emilee, Elaina, Anna, and Laney

11:00-11:40 am – Development Workshops Continued

  • Alumni 101: Business Part 2-  Cara and Jim
  • Opportunities for Regional Involvement – Russ, Jeff
  • Grants & Scholarships for Alumni –  Stan
  • FFA member workshop – Get involved- Stay involved  – Charlie, John

11:45 am – 12:00 pm –  Grab a boxed lunch

12:00-12:50 pm – Region Breakout meetings

  • Regions 1, 2, 3 > Room TBD
  • Regions 4, 5 >     Room TBD
  • Regions 6, 7, 8 > Room TBD

1:00-3:00 pm – Auditorium

1:00-1:30 pm – Business Meeting

1:30-2:00 pm – Awards Presentation

2:00-3:00 pm – Keynote Speaker

3:00-3:30 pm – Strategic Planning

4:30-8:00 pm – The Mankato Experience (Post Conference Event)

Minnesota State FFA Convention

April 2023

Thank you for a great Convention!! See you all in 2023!!

Not only is this a time for today’s youth to be competing, but it is also a time for Minnesota’s FFA students, partners, and Alumni to gather and reflect on the past year’s accomplishments. The 2022 Minnesota State FFA Convention will be held the week of April 24-26 2022.

We will be hosting an All Alumni Reception on Sunday April 24th from 3:30 till 5:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and we will have a short program at 4 pm where we will recognize the 2022 Class of Hall of Fame Inductees as well as the 10 year and 25 year State Officer teams. If you would like to attend the Alumni Reception please RSVP here.

Following the reception will be the first general session of the 2022 MN FFA State Convention, where the MN FFA Hall of Fame inductees will be fully inducted into the Hall of Fame.

We will once again be offering the Stop N Shop, where FFA students and advisors can purchase FFA merchandise and last minute supplies for contests and convention T-Shirts. If you would like to volunteer to help out with Stop N Shop please sign up by going here

If you would like to order a 2022 State Convention T Shirt, go here

Minnesota State FFA Convention

Sunday April 24th 2022

Alumni Reception 3:30- 5:00 pm at the Gold Room in Mariucci

General Session 5:30 pm at 3M Arena at Mariucci (Hall of Fame Ceremony)

Stop N Shop (See schedule below)

Monday April 25th

Career Connections event at Coliseum 8:30 am

2nd General Session 1:30 pm at 3m Arena at Mariucci

3rd General Session 6:15 pm at 3m Arena at Mariucci

Stop N Shop (See schedule below)

Tuesday April 26th

4th General Session 8 am at 3m Arena at Mariucci

5th General Session 12 (noon) at 3m Arena at Mariucci

Stop N Shop (See schedule below)

Stop N Shop at Mariucci

04/24/2022 (Sun.)           3M Arena at Mariucci

  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • 4:00pm – 5:30pm

04/25/2022 (Mon.)

  • 9:00am – 11:00am           Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, MN State Fairgrounds
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm          3M Arena at Mariucci
  • 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm

04/26/2022 (Tue.)           3M Arena at Mariucci

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm

President’s Circle Leadership Training

The purpose of President’s Circle is to enhance supporters leadership skills and make a positive difference for Minnesota agriculture. The program focuses on mentor leadership, strategic planning, conflict resolution and teamwork. A systematic, statewide leadership enhancement program. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The goal of the President’s Circle is to cultivate those leadership skills already rooted within former FFA members and supporters.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION TO BE APART OF THE 2022-2023 CLASS!

OBJECTIVES:

• Strengthen networking and personal connections between local
affiliates and the regional, state, and national leaders and staff
• Improve leadership development at the local, regional and
state levels
• Adopt and implement the National FFA Alumni Resource
Guidebook to measure and improve the quality of leadership
development of affiliate leaders

PROVIDING PREMIER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO FFA SUPPORTERS MINNESOTA FFA ALUMNI & SUPPORTERS PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE