McKenna Dockter and Alyssa Romberg attended the FFA State Greenhand Leadership Conference at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, from June 11 to 15.

Over 150 Minnesota FFA members gathered for the State Greenhand Leadership Conference at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack, from June 11 to 15, to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. Members attending from the Sleepy Eye FFA chapter were McKenna Dockter and Alyssa Romberg.

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.

During the conference, students cover an array of topics during 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.

“The State Greenhand Leadership Conference was my very first, and it was absolutely amazing, being filled with valuable relationships and fun activities,” Minnesota FFA President Grace Taylor said. “Throughout our time at the conference at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, we had engaging sessions, competitive team activities and learned some great skills and activities to take back to our home chapters.”

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

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

“I learned a lot about Leadership and Career Development Events,” said Sleepy Eye FFA member McKenna Dockter. “I also learned how to start conversations and to make SMART goals for myself. Camp was really fun and I definitely began life-long friendships.”

This leadership conference was made possible with financial contributions from the CHS Foundation, Northland Ford Dealers, and Dr. Curtis Youngs as a special project of the Minnesota FFA Foundation.