FFA groups attend conference in Downtown Fresno

FRESNO, Calif.

For Catherine Broyles, being a part of the FFA has given her some unique opportunities

"Well a lot of opportunities that I've had are getting better at speaking, as well as visiting colleges for different CDE events, and so I get to see more outside of school in the real world," said Broyles.

She's a part of the Minarets High School FAA group and took part in the parliamentary procedure contest -- think debate team, but with topics about issues surrounding the Ag industry.

Students also have the opportunity to continue with the program beyond high school. FFA seniors who are interested in running for state office have that chance at the conference.

Contestants present their speeches to their peers. There are only six positions available .If elected, the students postpone their first year of college to travel the state, mentoring and talking to kids about FFA programs. Gabrielle Franke is wrapping up her year as FFA state secretary.

"I think going into college, and especially this experience gives you a lot of life skills so that you can be successful and take responsibility," said Franke.

Winners of competitions from this event may go on to compete at nationals this fall in Kentucky.

After Friday's events, members of the Future Farmers of America's leadership team headed to Fresno State President Joseph Castro's house for some dinner.

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