In July, Animal Science students had the opportunity to attend the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention. This year’s convention was held in Corpus Christi, Texas, from July 10-14, 2017. The Department of Animal Science was fortunate to be represented by the following students: Bryan (Bo) Garcia, Carly Hoffmann, Ross Thorn, Erika Victor, Cassie Pena, and Lacy Ashworth, academic advisor.
The 2017 Texas FFA Convention welcomed 15,000 active members plus agriculture science teachers, school counselors, and parents. The Texas A&M Animal Science Representatives were delighted to meet and discuss the numerous academic opportunities within animal science with hundreds of FFA members each day during convention.
The Department of Animal Science was represented well alongside, West Texas A&M University, Tarleton State University, Sam Houston State University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M Kingsville, and many other prestigious colleges and universities.
The Texas FFA Association has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929. The Texas FFA Association prepares members for careers in agriculture-related jobs such as veterinary science, marketing, food processing, and natural resource development. Today Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 115,000 members. Texas is home to over 1,000 FFA chapters.
For more information regarding news from the Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University, please contact Maggie Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 845-1542.