Over 150 Minnesota FFA members gathered for the State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, from June 27 to July 1.

Over 150 Minnesota FFA members gathered for the State Greenhand Leadership Conference (SGLC) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, from June 27 to July 1, to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. Members from the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter who attended are Paige Romberg and Cassidy Hoffmann.

The goal of State Greenhand Leadership Conference is to give personal mentoring to first-year high school FFA members. These members come from all corners of the state, represent unique sectors of agriculture and have been recognized as top leaders in their schools.

“While at SGLC I learned many new things. I learned more about FFA and myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone and experienced new things,” Cassidy Hoffmann said. “I also met many people and created lifelong friendships. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the swing dancing during rec. time. It was super fun and a good way to meet more people.”

During the conference, students cover an array of topics in sessions that focus mostly on personal development. Goal setting, professional leadership and career exploration are just a few of the topics discovered during this five-day leadership camp.

“Going to SGLC really helped me grow as a person. Just from that week I have learned so many things about being an example and ways to make my FFA chapter more successful,” said Paige Romberg. “I really loved meeting new people and spending time with FFA members from all over Minnesota. This is something I will never forget.”

FFA members also had the opportunity to connect with different individuals during fun activities such as volleyball, canoeing and hiking. Each night, the state officers shared personal reflections with the campers and on the final day camp wrapped up with a banquet, talent show and dance.

State Greenhand Leadership Conference serves the Minnesota FFA Association by building young, talented individuals. These members often go on to become chapter, region and state leaders within their FFA chapters and communities.

“State Greenhand Leadership Conference was an incredible week filled with opportunities for students to grow, build friendships and learn more about FFA,” said Minnesota FFA President Spencer Wolter. “Members took part in engaging sessions, heard from officers as they reflected on lessons they’ve learned through their life experiences and participated in team building activities at Deep Portage’s facilities.”