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Marcia Young, LaMoure, N.D., Published July 24 2012

Forum fails to cover FFA events

As a longtime subscriber to The Forum, I have been disappointed in the coverage of an event that has taken place in Fargo for the past 83 years.

The National Future Farmers of America Organization State Convention has been held on the campus of North Dakota State University during the first week in June for many, many years. I can’t recall seeing any publicity or pictures of this event in The Forum for many years.

This year, more than 1,400 high school boys and girls across the state attended the convention. They lived on campus and participated in workshops, demonstrations and meetings held on campus. Some of their projects are public speaking, career building, leadership, agricultural sales, mechanics, horticulture, grain and livestock judging, just to name a few. Members are judged and winners participate in the national competition in Indianapolis during the fall where more than 55,000 students attended.

North Dakota has had some national winners in the past. Participating students are required to attend meetings in full dress code; blue corduroy jackets, white shirts, black ties, black slacks or skirts and black shoes. Meetings are conducted by state officers who follow Roberts’ Rules of Order.

It would be nice if these students received some recognition for all their hard work and dedication to their organization.