Nebraska FFA members and chapters will be honored for their accomplishments at the 89th Nebraska FFA State Convention held April 5-7, 2017. The convention will be at Pinnacle Bank Arena, the hotels in Lincoln's Haymarket, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus.
FFA members, advisors and guests can support chapters and members receiving awards and listen to motivational speakers and state officer retiring addresses during convention sessions; be engaged in leadership workshops; watch students compete in Leadership Skills Events and attend the annual Career Fair. Students also participate in the state Career Development Events held on UNL’s East Campus.
Convention Registration - Opens March 1
Prepare to register for the Nebraska FFA Convention! While it's okay to wait to register for most items, please know that some items are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, including the UNL and industry tours, the Middle School People In Ag poster event, the Middle School Quiz Bowl and the Leadership Academies. Start your planning now!
Important Note: Parents and guests may work with the local FFA advisor to pre-purchase registration buttons which are necessary to attend events held at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Buttons purchased through the FFA advisor prior to March 20 are $5.00 for guests. Buttons purchased at the convention are $10.00. Children in 6th grade or younger may receive a child button at no cost.
Teachers must complete registration by Monday, March 20 at 11:59 pm Central Time.
Convention Planning Information
It's never too early to begin planning for the Nebraska FFA Convention! View the information below to keep up with the schedules, maps, event options and much, much more. Check back often for updated information!
Agriscience Fair Interview Schedule - Available late March
Proficiency Interview Schedule - Available late March
Courtesy Corps Schedule - Available late March
Star Interview Schedule - Available late March
Honor Chorus Schedule - Available late February
People in Agriculture Poster Event Schedule - Available late March
Middle School Quiz Bowl Schedule - Available late March
NOTE: The Holiday Inn Hotel is closed for renovation during the 2017 FFA Convention. Please review the maps and specific event schedules for new locations at the Cornhusker Hotel and Embassy Suites.
Click here for mapsof the Haymarket area, UNL East Campus, Festival Parking, and Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Coming Soon: Map of UNL's Signing Ceremony and Rock the Rec event locations and activity schedule.
Free Shuttle Information
Free shuttle service running continuously between Pinnacle Bank Arena (stops just east of PBA in front of the post office), the Embassy Suites Hotel and stops in two locations on the UNL East Campus Loop (see maps above)using Arrow Stage Lines school-type busses. This service is provided for members, advisors and guests during select times of the convention.
Wednesday, April 5: 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (3 busses)
Thursday, April 6: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (3 busses)
Friday, April 7: Noon to 4:00 p.m. (2 busses, UNL Animal Science Complex to PBA; Only for Livestock Evaluation CDE participants and school sponsors)
Free bussing is also provided by the Nebraska Farm Bureau for those who are attending the industry tours on Friday, April 7. Pick-up and drop-off will occur from "The Cube" across the street from Pinnacle Bank Arena. Pre-registration is required to attend these tours.
Haymarket:Free parking is provided in "Festival Parking" north of Pinnacle Bank Arena next to Haymarket Park (see map above). Guests may walk across the pedestrian bridge to access to Pinnacle Bank Arena and the Haymarket venues. There are also many paid parking garages available in the Haymarket.
UNL East Campus: Parking permits are required to park on East Campus and may be purchased during registration. See the map above for available parking lots.
UNL's Signing Ceremony and the "Big Red Rock the Rec" event on Thursday evening: This event is on UNL City Campus at the Rec Center. Free parking is available in the "C Lot" on 14th and Salt Creek Roadway. Pre-registration is required to attend this event.
All students attending the 2017 Nebraska FFA Convention should have signed permission forms by their guardians. By registering for and attending the convention, each FFA Advisor/Agricultural Education Teacher agrees to collect, verify the completion of, and bring with him/her the appropriate forms for every student attending the convention as a representative of their chapter/school.
Medical Release Form - Required for all Students
Personal Conduct Agreement - Required for all Students
UNL Campus Recreation Guardian Form - Required for all Students attending UNL's "Big Red Rock the Rec" event on Thursday Evening
Download all three forms as a single document here:
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Convention Photography Release Statement
The Nebraska FFA Convention is a public event, and as such, members, teachers, supporters and all who attend are likely to be photographed for use by the Nebraska FFA Association and its partners. The Nebraska FFA Association and its partners may on occasion take photographs and/or video of its members or program participants for use in print materials or by electronic methods. Entry into the Nebraska FFA Convention facilities, participation in FFA programs or participation in FFA and Career Development Events grants permission for the Nebraska FFA Association, the Nebraska Center for Student Leadership and partners authorized by the Nebraska FFA Association to use these photographs and/or videos in marketing and public relations efforts.
Note: Some FFA and Career Development Events may be video recorded for the purpose of developing training videos available for sale to FFA chapters by the Nebraska FFA Association. If so, teachers will be notified in advance of which events will be recorded.
UNL Youth Activity Safety Policy
The University of Nebraska—Lincoln has adopted a Youth Activity Safety Policy for activities that take place in UNL facilities and with UNL staff and students. As the designated sponsor for your school/FFA chapter, please be aware of the Youth Activity Safety Policy (updated 11/11/2014) on this site: http://police.unl.edu/campus-youth-activity-safety-policy. By having your students participate in UNL-affiliated activities, including Career Development Events, tours and other events during the FFA Convention, April 5-7, 2017, you indicate that you have read, understand, and will comply with the UNL Youth Activity Safety Policy. The University of Nebraska—Lincoln has a strong interest in protecting the safety of youth on our campus and is happy to serve as a partner in the Nebraska FFA Convention.
Order the FFA State Convention shirts while registering for
Convention during the Convention Registration process March 1-20!
Advisors will pick up the entire chapter’s shirt order when they arrive at State Convention at the FFA Alumni Council table, on the end of the registration table at Pinnacle Bank Arena - Wednesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursday morning from 7 to 9 a.m. The t-shirt cost will be added to your convention registration invoice.
Small - XLarge T-Shirts are $12.00
XXLarge - XXXXLarge T-Shirts are $14.00
Small - XLarge Crew Neck Sweatshirts are $26.00
XXLarge - XXXXLarge Crew Neck Sweatshirts are $29.00
Small - XLarge Hoodies are $28.00
XXLarge - XXXXLarge Hoodies are $31.00
A limited number of shirts will be available to
purchase at convention for an additional $2.00 per item.
Thank you to the Nebraska FFA Alumni Council for providing this service!
Wednesday and Thursday of Convention, 3rd Floor concourse at PBA is set up as the FFA Expo is for FFA members, advisors and guests to interact with nearly 40 agriculture organization, colleges, commodity groups and vendors. Friday of Convention, 3rd Floor concourse at PBA is set up as the Career Fair and is for FFA members to interact with over 40 agriculture businesses and industry professionals looking to make connections with future interns and employees.
FFA Expo and Career Fair Scavenger Hunt: Students will be using an app called GooseChase to record their engagement in learning more about each exhibitor and how that connects back to their classroom and/or future business or career aspirations. Prizes will be available to students who complete missions for the FFA Expo and separately for the Career Fair. Mission completion checkpoint will be with CASNR/FFA Foundation Staff at the entrance of the FFA Expo & Career Fair on the 3rd Floor concourse.
ADVISORS SHOULD HAVE STUDENTS DOWNLOAD THE GOOSECHASE APP ON THEIR MOBILE DEVICE PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE FFA EXPO AND/OR CAREER FAIR. THERE WILL BE DIFFERENT EXHIBITORS FOR EACH EVENT, THE CAREER FAIR AND THE FFA EXPO. STUDENTS SHOULD PLANT TO ATTEND THE FFA EXPO ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY AND THEN RETURN ON FRIDAY TO VISIT WITH NEW EXHIBITORS AT THE CAREER FAIR.
AFNR Career Pathway Experience - During the Career Fair!
The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resource’s Science Literacy Initiative will be hosting the second Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Pathway Experience” event at FFA State Convention. This event will be held on Friday, April 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the 5th concourse in Pinnacle Bank Arena. This event serves as an extension of the Career Fair; giving students a hands-on approach to explore the seven Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Pathways including: agribusiness systems, animal systems, environmental service systems, food products and processing systems, natural resources systems, plant systems, and power/structural & technical systems. This will be a great opportunity for students to engage in work done by leaders in Extension and the agricultural industry.
Find the AFNR Career Pathway Experience during the Career Fair on Friday of the convention on the 5th Concourse! The easiest way to find this event is by going up the second escalator found on the 3rd Concourse in the middle of the Career Fair.
UNL is Rolling out the Red Carpet for the Blue & Gold!
Come experience all that UNL has to offer at the events below!
Teachers should register for each of the event listed below during convention registration.
Current senior FFA members: Participate in the first
UNL Signing Ceremony for FFA members!
Thursday, April 6th, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm (lineup at 6:45)
Location: UNL City Campus Rec Center Coliseum
(located on City Campus at 841 N 14th St)
Free parking available in the “C Lot” on 14th and Salt Creek Roadway
Current senior FFA members are invited to participate in a special signing ceremony that will honor their future plans by "committing" to the next step of their educational career at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. All seniors planning to attend UNL are invited to sign this evening, regardless of their chosen major. Meet and hear from UNL leaders, including chancellor-level leaders, deans and professors who are excited for you to come to campus this fall.
This is a festive celebration and all are welcome! We hope to see younger FFA member cheer on the seniors who will be walking across the stage and signing this evening. Parents, advisors and supporters are also encouraged to attend and celebrate the commitment of the new Huskers!
To participate, please have your FFA advisor register you for this event. He/she will need to know your t-shirt size and intended major (undeclared is fine, too). Please dress casually (in fact, we hope you're dressed for the Rock the Rec event that follows the signing ceremony!).
UNL's "Big Red Rock the Rec" Event!
Thursday, April 6th, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm (following the Signing Ceremony)
UNL Campus Recreation and Outdoor Adventures Center located on City Campus at 841 N 14th St
Free parking available in the “C Lot” on 14th and Salt Creek Roadway
Join us for an evening of fun and recreation for everyone, including:
All participants MUST have a signed guardian waiver form. FFA advisors should collect these prior to convention and have them with them at the event. It is the responsibly of the FFA Advisor to ensure that all students participating from their FFA chapter have a signed guardian waiver form. Forms can be downloaded above in the "Information A" section.
Students must wear their "Rock the Rec" T-Shirt in order to be allowed in; the t-shirt is your ticket into the event.
Students must wear athletic shoes to participate in any athletic event. No sandals or boots allowed.
Free parking available in the “C Lot” on 14th and Salt Creek Roadway.
The fun begins by 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 9th and lasts until 10:00.
Questions? Contact Jessie Brophy at email@example.com or 402-472-7080.
Chapters are welcome to come and go as they please!
Registration is just $2.00/person and includes entry into all events and a "Rock the Rec" t-shirt!
Teachers should register for this event during convention registration.
Information flyer available soon!
UNL East Campus Department Workshops & Tours
(multiple options on Wednesday)
Select from the many East Campus options!
Workshop and Tour information will be available in late February.
Teachers should register for UNL workshop and tours during the convention registration process.
The Lincoln Stars hockey team is excited to host Nebraska FFA at the Stars on Tuesday, April 4th. The game will begin at 7:05 pm, and the evening will feature FFA members through the singing of the National Anthem, contenders for intermission games, and more!
Tickets will be available for purchase through convention registration at a cost of $16.50. The association will receive $6.50 per ticket back as a donation from the Lincoln Stars. In addition, ticket holders will receive free skating at designated times during the convention with their ticket stub.
Join the Stars for Nebraska FFA at the Stars on Tuesday, April 4th!
Each chapter is responsible for finding their own lodging. As a convenience, lodging blocks have been arranged with the following hotels for the 2016 state convention:
Marriott - The Lincoln Cornhusker
333 S. 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Contact Name: Heather Long
***All reservations at The Cornhusker by Marriott require a completed School Booking Form being sent to Heather Long. Reservations will be taken between December 1st and March 21st at The Cornhusker by Marriott. Please use the attached booking form found below and the contact information above for Heather Long when booking rooms at The Cornhusker.***
808 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Rates include a ticket for a breakfast buffet.
$119 - Standard King
$129 - Queen/Queen
Hilton Garden Inn
801 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
600 Q Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Contact Name: Jenn Boetcher or Adriane Juel
On-line: Hyatt.com and enter the reservation using G-FFAB as the group/corporate number.
Rates include continental breakfast.
$119 - King (Additional $10 per person over two people)
$129 - Queen/Queen (Additional $10 per person over four people)
*Hyatt rooms all have a pull-out sofa in addition to either a king bed or two queen beds.
Each year at the annual Nebraska FFA state convention, delegates meet to discuss delegate issues and vote to take action on the issues. Delegates represent the interest of FFA members in their chapter and work for the benefit of and to determine the progress of the entire Nebraska FFA Association.
How many delegates are there?
Each chapter may send two delegates to engage in the Nebraska FFA delegate process.
How are delegates selected?
Each chapter determines who will represent their chapter in the delegate process. What’s important to remember is that the delegates must attend each of the events designated as delegate events at the state convention. Delegates must be well-spoken, educated on the issues, interested in representing other members and available to attend the delegate events at the state convention.
How are delegate issues selected for the process at the state convention?
Chapters may submit proposals to the state association by March 1st of the convention year. All proposals will be assessed by the Nebraska FFA state officer team and ranked in order of priority. The state officer team will present the proposals and their rankings to the adult FFA Board of Directors at the board’s pre-convention board meeting. The adult FFA Board of Directors will advise which issues to advance to the delegate body at the state convention.
What happens once the delegate issues are identified?
Once the delegate issues are identified, chapters will be asked to submit the names of their two delegates. Webinar training will be offered for all delegates to prepare them with information to share about each issue at March chapter meetings prior to the state convention, and all delegates will be assigned to the identified delegate issues.
Delegates will attend two sessions at state convention. The first session will be a committee meeting where committees of delegates will review the issues and offer recommendations. Recommendations will be presented at the second delegate business session and all recommendations will be forwarded to the adult FFA Board of Directors. The adult FFA Board of Directors will review all recommendations at their summer meeting and determine which actions to take based on the student recommendations. Chapters will be informed of any changes that result from the work of both the delegates and the board of directors.
Delegate Issue Submission Form
Chapters must submit their delegate issues by March 1.
SIX manuscripts for each speaking LSE that includes manuscripts (Jr. Public Speaking, Natural Resources Speaking, Cooperative Speaking, Sr. Public Speaking, Discovery Speaking, Ag Literacy Speaking) - Mailed
NIFA Projects Completed (Recipients of NIFA grants must complete (through the AET) Form I Activities, Form I Indicators, and each of the components on the activity page itself (name, description, goals, plan of action, results, and photo descriptions within the National Chapter Application. At least five photos must be uploaded. The chapter POA on the AET must be updated to reflect actual expenses. The Results/Evaluation section will be used on stage at the state convention, along with three or four of the uploaded photos. - Submitted via the AET