ONTARIO, Calif. — Future Farmers of America (FFA) members and supporters from across the state of California “redefined their leadership” during the opening session of the 95th State FFA Leadership Conference at the Toyota Arena in Ontario.
The 2022-2023 State Officer team kicked off the conference with a video showcasing what “redefine” means to them. The team spoke about this year’s mission to redefine agriculture, agricultural education, and leadership. Following this, the team was introduced and conducted the traditional FFA opening ceremonies.
Juan Bendaña, keynote speaker and leadership strategist, was one of the conference’s keynote speakers featured in this session. During his message, he urged FFA members to turn their self-doubt into self-confidence and take on a new challenge.
“Perfection is the lowest standard you could ever have because it isn’t real. Do not strive for perfect; strive for better,” Bendaña said.
The top 23 candidates up for selection for the 2023-2024 California FFA State Officer Team were introduced to the conference. Throughout the weekend, the candidates will take part in interviews before being selected for office during the final session on Sunday. View the 23 finalists here.
Charles Parker, State FFA Advisor, gave remarks to the California members and educators on how to make the most out of their time at the conference.
“Circle in on the dreams that you have. Share them with your friends, advisors, and the people who support you,” Parker said.
He also encouraged members to interact with state officials, including State Superintendent of Public Schools, Tony Thurmond, and Mary Nicely, Chief Deputy Superintendent, who will be attending the conference this year.
Special guest Dale Brisby also joined the California FFA delegation for the second consecutive year. As a well-known YouTube and social media comedian and past Texas FFA State Officer, Brisby discussed the value of agricultural education in his own life and how it set him up for success.
About California FFA: The California Association, FFA is part of a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 850,000 student members in 8,995 local FFA chapters across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.