2018 John Deere Ag Expo
- Thursday, November 15, 2018 to Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 8:00am to 5:00pm
- MSU Campus
The Montana FFA Foundation is again collaborating with John Deere dealers across the state to host 1,500 high school and middle school FFA members at Montana State University for the 7th annual John Deere Ag Expo. The event will be held November 15-17 on the MSU campus.
Over the course of the three-day event, students will take part in leadership development workshops, compete in career development events, and tour MSU. The event’s keynote speaker is Jerrod Murr, professional speaker and leadership developer of Paradigm Shift Leadership in Oklahoma, who will engage students through hands-on discussions focused on influence, strategic decision-making, and servant leadership. Murr will present his keynote lecture on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Strand Union Ballrooms.
Bill Jimmerson, FFA Foundation interim executive director, said the dual support from John Deere and MSU are important for Montana FFA.
“The John Deere Ag Expo is an enriching experience for Montana students to learn about the diversity of career opportunities in agriculture and all that MSU offers in the ag and natural resource fields,” Jimmerson said. “The Ag Expo is also an opportunity for these students to develop career skills as they emerge as next-generation agricultural leaders for Montana,” he said.
More than 400 judges and volunteers are needed for 21 career development events including public speaking, sales, an agroscience fair, mechanics and one of the largest livestock evaluation contests in the northwest. Individuals who are interested in volunteering to judge can sign up at http://signup.com/go/fsedOpa.
New this year to the Expo, is a career fair held in the MSU Strand Union Building Ballrooms on Friday, Nov. 16. Businesses interested in hosting a table at the career fair can register with the Montana FFA Foundation by visiting www.montanaffa.org.
The Montana FFA Foundation supports 97 FFA chapters across the state of Montana, representing over 5,300 members. The Montana FFA Foundation’s mission is to cultivate partnerships, promote awareness and secure resources to enhance agricultural education and the Montana FFA Association.