Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will join officials from the National FFA Organization for a press conference Thursday morning regarding the National FFA Convention & Expo in downtown Indianapolis. The convention kicks off October 19 at the Indiana Convention Center.
The convention is returning to Indianapolis for the first time since 2012. Former National FFA Organization Chief Executive Officer Dwight Armstrong told Inside INdiana Business last year Indiana’s commitment to growing agriculture beyond the farm was one of the main reasons for the convention returning to Indy. The event, one of the largest conventions held in the state, will stay in Indiana through 2024.
The National FFA Organization recently announced it had reached a record-high number for student membership of nearly 650,000. The number is a 3 percent increase from last year, which saw nearly 630,000 members. The number of FFA chapters also grew from 7,757 to 7,859.
Thursday’s press conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.