Students take part in 2019 State FFA Convention

During a visit to this year's state FFA convention, we learned how many chapters are still coping with the impact of this year's flooding.

We talked with Arlington FFA advisor Jill Hensley about how the flooding impacted her students. "We know that district wide, we had at least 20 families displaced in some capacity," Hensley said. "We were also out of school for 3 days right before convention. There are also roads still closed, and the agricultural damage still needs to be assessed." Hensley said her students have been working to help other students, and the school was turned into the local collection center where students were ready and willing to help.

We also talked with Matt Dolch, who is a Nebraska FFA Foundation Board Member. He talked with us about how FFA helps students make the decision on a future career. The FFA Foundation is also working to help students and chapters impacted by the floods. "We are all about helping rebuild, and so 100% of donations coming in to our organization will go back to help rebuild those chapters," Dolch said.

In 2019, more than 8,000 students from across the state were in Lincoln for the state convention. There are now 189 FFA Chapters across the state.