Nebraska FFA offers leadership development experiences for members throughout the year. Each program is aligned to the Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice and purposefully engages students in developing leadership skills to use in their careers. Click the tabs below and ask your FFA advisor about how to get involved in each one!
2022 Mission and Impact Conference information coming soon.
When and where will 212°/360°occur?
The date is set for February 28-29, 2020 in Kearney at Younes Conference Center. Programming will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and will end at 4:30 pm on Saturday.
Who should attend 212° Conference?
212° Conference is suggested for FFA members who is in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade this school year.
212° is the temperature at which water boils – focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211° water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level, the boiling point. This conference focuses on the development of the individual student. Students will be challenged to push the limits of their leadership. Themes for this conference include virtues and growth allowing students to attend in two consecutive years without seeing the same curriculum.
Who should attend 360° Conference?
360° Conference is suggested for FFA members who is in 11th or 12th grade this school year.
360° takes students full circle in chapter leadership development. The conference covers every angle for developing action plans for their chapters and communities. This conference focuses on chapter and community development. Themes for this conference include vision and influence, allowing students to attend in two consecutive years without seeing the same curriculum.
Attire for Friday evening is casual, appropriate school clothing. We suggest wearing a chapter t-shirt or polo. Attire on Saturday will include a conference t-shirt which students will receive on Friday at check-in and appropriate casual pants.
What is the cost for each individual to attend 212°/360°?
Schools will be invoiced $75 for each student registered for the conference. An invoice will be sent to teachers after registration closes, with payment due 45 days following. No refunds will be given for changes made to registration after the registration deadline. Payments received after the payment due date will be assessed a $50 late fee.
What will teachers do during the conference?
In conjunction with the 212°/360°Conference, FFA Advisors are asked to participate in preliminary proficiency application evaluation. Visit with your District FFA Representative if you are interested in assisting in this process.
Registration is now open! Advisors, please follow the link below or visit the Teacher Only page.
No on-site registrations will be accepted.
Teachers: Use the process below to register your students for 212°/360° Conference.
- Teachers may register students using the registration link located on the Teacher Only page of this website.
- Invoices will be emailed after registration closes. You can update your registration any time before registration closes by contacting Caitlin Vifquain.
Invoices will be emailed to teachers at the close of registration. Payments are due, postmarked, by 45 days following the close of registration.
Send your check and a copy of your conference invoice to:
Grafton & Associates
5935 South 56th Street, Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68516
Make checks payable to: Nebraska FFA Association
Holiday Inn & Conference Center
Kearney, NE 68845
Times (tentative, subject to change)
Registration: 4:30pm – 6:30pm on Friday (Supper not provided)
Friday Conference Times: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday Dance: 9:30pm – 11:30pm
Saturday Conference Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Lunch provided)
FFA Member Registration: $75.00
Includes conference registration fee, buffet lunch and breaks.
Saturday Meals (for advisors/sponsors): $18.00 (Advisors/guests assisting in the proficiency application review process will receive a free meal. Talk to your district FFA Board representative to see if spots are available.)
All lodging arrangements must be made by each FFA chapter. DO NOT WAIT TO MAKE RESERVATIONS.
Holiday Inn (308)237-5971 – $104.95
Conference Check-In Procedures
PLEASE NOTE—Only the FFA advisor or designated sponsor may check in the members at the conference site. FFA members should not be in the registration line. The registration price does not include a meal on Friday evening. Please register for the conference and then eat a meal to avoid the last-minute rush.
Cancellations made after the close of registration will not receive a refund. If the conference must be cancelled due to inclement weather, the Nebraska FFA will notify chapter advisors via school email.
Friday evening: School-appropriate casual attire
Saturday: Conference shirt and nice pants
Dance: School-appropriate casual attire
A dance will be held on Friday evening. We will be monitoring attendance so that only conference participants are at the dance. Any advisors that are not attending board meetings are required to be present at the dance for supervision.
In accordance with the Nebraska Department of Education policies, state FFA staff will not provide direct supervision of the students. If there is a supervision or discipline incident, our staff will immediately refer it to the local FFA advisor for action. If the advisor is not present at the conference, we will follow the procedures as outlined on the supervision/discipline form.
All students must bring with them an Nebraska CTSO medical release form and Nebraska CTSO code of conduct form.
The FFA Board of Directors and NAEA Board will each have a meeting the evening of Friday. The state proficiency award selection will be held on Saturday, and we hope as many advisors as possible can join us.
2019-2020 Chapter Visit Program
Plan to engage in the Nebraska FFA Chapter Visit Program between December 2019 and May 2020!
To engage in the Chapter Visit Program, your chapter advisor will sign up for a visit from your pre-assigned state officer. Chapter visits include facilitating workshops with each agriculture class and visit with administrators or other stakeholders during a one-day experience at your school. The officers are often available to participate in afternoon or evening FFA events as well. If a one-day experience is not a viable option, consider hosting the officer for a portion of a day in your agriculture classroom or at a chapter event outside of the school day.
Our goal is that 100% of chapters choose to participate in the Chapter Visit Program. There is a $35 cost for each participating chapter to aid in paying for transportation, materials and handouts. There is no other cost to your chapter or school to participate in the Chapter Visit Program. Invoices templates are located on the Teacher Only page and must be downloaded by the teacher to issue payment. No invoice will be sent from the state office.
A series of seven different sessions is offered so that you may select topics that best meet the needs of students enrolled in agricultural education courses in your program. If you have other ideas of topics that would be helpful for your students, please let Dr. Larry Gossen know so that those topics may be added in future years during the CVP. Below are the topics for the 2019-2020 program:
|Session Topic||Session Summary|
Balancing Tradition and Change in Agriculture
|Students will engage in an action-packed 45 minute exploration of how we balance tradition and change in agriculture. In looking at benefits and downsides of change and tradition through the lens of agricultural practices, students will be empowered to honor our agricultural traditions while also making the changes necessary to feed our ever growing world. This session is geared towards 11th and 12th grade students but would benefit all grade levels!|
|Get Hired!||Students will list their qualities and relate them to the skills that employers want! They will learn interview tips and tricks and get a chance to try them on in a series of mock interviews. Finally, we will identify what we can do to improve the skills needed for future careers in agriculture! This session is ideal for 11th and 12th grade students.|
|My Ag Story||We all have a story to tell. Each of us have been through different things. This makes us who we are. But what about how agriculture has impacted us? In this workshop, students will dive into their agriculture background, figure out how agriculture has impacted them, and develop their own ag story to share. Ideal for 8th through 10th grade students.|
|The Art of Agriculture||Students will channel their creative side to explore what agriculture means to them, how they can effectively share their ag-message, and even how they can work together to create what agriculture will look like for the next generation. This session is ideal for 7th and 8th grade students.|
|700,000 members, 1 unique organization||With over 700,000 members in 1 unique organization, one thing unites us all: the classy, historical, blue corduroy jacket that we wear with pride. Students will understand the meaning of the FFA jacket, find their voice in FFA, and discover the FFA network. Ideal for grades 9th and 10th.|
|Embracing Entrepreneurship||Entrepreneurship is much more than the act of starting a business; it is mindset that can be employed by FFA members! In “Embracing Entrepreneurship” students will find that entrepreneurs think outside the box, are highly motivated to succeed, and always embrace failures. We will also check out some ways FFA members can apply this incredible mindset and start their own business! Ideal for all grades!|
|Farm to Fork||As we tackle the whole concept of the producer to consumer, it is also important to account for the ability to keep consistent, positive relationships within the process. Without one another’s cooperation, we will struggle in the years to come as agriculturalists. In this session we will outline what the producer and consumer cycle is, why it is important, and how we can execute to get this done as FFA members and agriculturalists! Ideal for high school students.|
Chapter Officer Leadership Training 2021
On-site registration begins at 8:30 AM CST. The conference concludes that day at 7:30 PM CST.
Students do NOT need to bring official dress to COLT. We encourage chapters to wear officer shirts (if they have them) or else have officers wear nice clothes (i.e. jeans/shirt) for the day.
There will be breakout sessions as chapter officer groups, as well as chapter officer team meetings. There will be an Opening Ceremonies competition. There will NOT be organized recreation- no need to bring gym clothes!
– Please bring laptops to work as your chapter officer group in planning
– Masks will be required to be work by students and advisors.
– Monitor your students for sickness. If students are sick, please keep them at home.
– Bring your students CTSO Medical Release Forms and keep them with you (the advisor) during the session.
Invoices will be emailed the week of May 10. Please postmark by June 23.
Please review with your administration any procedures to follow in a discipline situation. Advisors WILL BE responsible for handling any discipline situation that occurs. Nebraska Department of Education policy does not allow for FFA staff members or contract workers to be involved in direct disciplinary actions for students attending a conference.
What is COLT?
Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) serves three primary purposes: planning, individual skill and team building, and engaging all students locally.
The conference plays an important role in providing an opportunity for chapters to conduct vital planning for the coming year. Students are introduced to important individual skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication. Students also build skills for being an effective team member such as delegation, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and building consensus.
Students attending the conference are charged with using those skills to improve student engagement in the home chapter. Through structured planning time, individual skill development, and team building students leave prepared to effectively engage all members as active members in the local FFA chapter.
The conference is designed to produce the following two key outcomes for your chapter.
- Students develop an individual leadership growth plan with goals for improving individual leadership skills and skills for effectively contributing as a team member.
- Chapters develop a player’s creed that includes:
- A description of the team’s core beliefs about effective leadership.
- A description of the values and beliefs that guide effective leaders.
- A description of the behaviors and expectations that guide effective teams.
What is EDGE?
EDGE is a free one-day conference for FFA members to learn more about leadership and personal growth through their involvement in FFA.
Who Should Attend?
EDGE is for students in grades 7-12. During the conference, students will be divided into groups by grade level to receive age-appropriate leadership topics and experiences.
There is a cap of 150 students per conference location. Please keep that in mind as you register your students – we want you to bring students who are excited and interested; please also be aware of the cap so that other chapters may attend as well.
EDGE Dates and Locations
There will be 10 conference events this fall. There are typically two sites per week that are close in proximity. Chapters are welcome to attend any of the sites that work best in their schedule.
Monday, September 13th – Gering (Weborg 21)
Tuesday, September 14th – Gering (Weborg 21)
Wednesday, September 22nd – Kearney (Younes Center)
Thursday, September 23rd – Aurora (The Leadership Center)
Monday, September 27th – North Platte (Mid Plains Community College)
Tuesday, September 28th – Curtis (NCTA)
Wednesday, October 6th – Atkinson (West Holt High School)
Thursday, October 7th – Norfolk (Northeast Community College)
Tuesday, October 12th – Fremont (Midland College)
Thursday, October 14th – Norris High School
All times are local, based on location
8:30 am Check in/registration
9:00 am General Session followed by workshop breakouts
1:00 pm Conference ends
Note: no meal is provided – chapters can eat on their travel home.
Advisors/teachers will meet for updates and professional development from 9:30 am – 12:45 pm.
What to Bring
- Masks – we are requiring masks to be worn during the conference to provide the safest environment for all attending
- A ready-to-learn mindset! – there will be hands-on activities and experiences for all students
- Masks – we are requiring masks to be worn during the conference to provide the safest environment for all attending
The 2021 EDGE Conference is focused around personal growth and development. The following workshops/sessions will be offered:
Personal Development – all age levels
Learn about how our talents and skills create the framework for our personal development.
Walk the Walk – 10-12th grades
Learn how to lead by example!
Stepping Our Way to Success – 10-12th grades
Solve problems head-on and learn how to apply strategies to our everyday lives.
Discover and Develop – all age levels
Discover how to represent ourselves as individuals in a positive light.
Effective Communication – 7-9th grades
Learn and understand how communication is essential to our personal development and communication style.
Being Well – 10-12th grades
Uncover the elements to well-being and identify ways to apply it to our lives.
Our Comfort Zone – 7-9th grades
Learn about comfort zones and the benefits to moving beyond them!
Registration will be open two weeks ahead of the conference date, and close one week before the conference. Check the homepage of neaged.org for registration links!
Pathways to Careers Conference (P2C)
Date: November 11 and 12, 2021. Conference registration starts onsite at Younes Conference Center at 6:30 PM on November 11. The event will conclude on Saturday, November 12 around 4 pm.
Cost: It is $30 per student/teacher.
Lodging: Rooms are at Comfort Inn (308-236-3400) and Fairfield Inn and Suites (308-236-4200).
Registration opens October 4 and closes November 2.
Who is P2C for?
Teachers may register agricultural education students who are or plan to be FFA members and who are in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
Industry partners representing each of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources pathways will join us at the conference and students will choose which sessions they attend based on their career interest(s).
What do students need to know about P2C?
- P2C is a leadership conference contextualized within the agriculture industry. We’ll have industry representatives from all sectors of agriculture, so we hope you’ll find many sessions of interest to you!
- Think seriously about your career paths and choose sessions based on your interests!
- You will interact with business and industry representatives who are professionals in their field and who are key networking partners for you to begin establishing yourself in their industries.
- Do you have a contact card you can share with the industry representatives? Bring them along and get connected! You never know when a contact will lead to an internship, a recommendation or a potential job.
- Interested in research? Consider potential research projects in each pathway and apply what they learn to an Agriscience Fair research project after the conference.
- Come join us and use P2C as a way to explore and develop your guided career experiences (SAEs).
- Looking for a great speech or ag demo topic? Listen closely for current ag issues being discussed by our industry’s leaders!
*New for 2019: FIVE COLT Sessions!* Five sessions of COLT will be offered in May at The Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska. COLT Session 1 – 3 will be the same format. COLT Session 4 & 5 will be the same format. All five sessions will have the same curriculum and content delivered to students. Lunch will be available on-site from TLC for an additional fee on the first day of 3-day sessions. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance from TLC for the lunch. No supper will be provided on the last day of COLT sessions.
COLT 1 —May 13, 2019 (registration beginning at 8:00 AM, conference at 9:00 AM) – May 14, 2019 (ending at 4:00 PM)
COLT 2—May 15, 2019 (registration beginning at 8:00 AM, conference at 9:00 AM) – May 16, 2019 (ending at 4:00 PM)
COLT 3—May 17, 2019 (registration beginning at 8:00 AM, conference at 9:00 AM) – May 18, 2019 (ending at 4:00 PM)
COLT 4—May 20, 2019 (registration beginning at 10:30 AM, conference at 12:30 PM) – May 22, 2019 (ending at 12:30 PM)
COLT 5—May 23, 2019 (registration beginning at 10:30 AM, conference at 12:30 PM) – May 25, 2019 (ending at 12:30 PM)
Registration will open at noon (CST) on March 1, and will remain open through 11:59 pm (CST) on April 20. No on-site registrations will be accepted. The 2019 cost of attendance is $70 for registrants attending a 2 day session, $90 for registrants attending a 3 day session. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after April 20. Invoices will be available after April 22 and payment must be postmarked no later than June 4.
Teachers: Use the process below to register your students for COLT.
- Click the button above and Log in.
- To log in, use your firstname.lastname (e.g. bill.smith) as your User ID. Your password should be the same as last year. If you do not know what it is or are a new teacher, click “Forgot your password?” after entering your User ID and it should be immediately emailed to you.
- If you do not receive your password via email, contact Caitlin at [email protected] and she can manually reset it for you.
- Choose Step 2: Event Registration
- Choose a COLT Session and Student Registration
- Drag a student’s name from the right column/list of students to an Office.
- If you do not yet know which students will be in which office, simply choose any student to hold your registration spot. Once you know your correct officer team, drag the placeholder student out of the office and immediately drag the correct student in the correct position. BE SURE TO LOG BACK IN AND CORRECT YOUR OFFICERS PRIOR TO APRIL 20.
- You can drag multiple names onto the same office if necessary.
- If you do not see a student listed, click the “View/Add Students” button in the top-right corner.
- Registration is automatically saved.
- Registration may fill for any session at any time.
- Also register attending advisors and chaperones for the same COLT session.
- Check your registration by clicking “Step 3 – Summary”.
- Invoices will be emailed after registration closes. You can update your registration any time before registration closes.
Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of each individual chapter. Start and end times for each COLT Session will be posted on this website as plans are finalized registration opening. If you are traveling to Aurora the day prior to COLT or need to stay until the day after COLT concludes, arrangements can be made with The Leadership Center.
The Leadership Center Room Block:
Single (1 person) hotel room: $72 per room per night
Multiple (2-4 people) hotel room: $90 per room per night
Dorm (Cabin- must provide your own linens, towels, and toiletries): $18 per person per night
***Reservations due by May 2, 2019. Be sure to mention which COLT Session you are attending when you call to make your reservation. Lodging payment is made directly to The Leadership Center.
What to Bring
- Official FFA Dress – to wear at the banquet and for opening ceremonies demonstrations
- School-appropriate casual attire
- Recreational clothes
- Pillow, bed roll/sleeping bag, towels, personal articles
- Nebraska CTSO Medical Release and Nebraska CTSO Personal Conduct Forms forms
Please review with your administration any procedures to follow in a discipline situation. Advisors WILL BE responsible for handling any discipline situation that occurs. Nebraska Department of Education policy does not allow for FFA staff members or contract workers to be involved in direct disciplinary actions for students attending a conference. Based on additional Department policy, a member of the FFA Board of Directors, or an advisor appointed by the Board, will be required to be at each COLT session to assist in handling any discipline situations.
Advisors are responsible for supervising their own students during COLT. No room monitoring will be provided by the Nebraska FFA Association or its staff or volunteers. Advisors are expected to assist with supervision at all times during the conference activities!
For a majority of the conference, students may wear appropriate school attire. Students should wear FFA official dress for the banquet and opening ceremonies demonstrations. If your students represent a new chapter that has not yet secured official dress, they may wear official dress, less their jacket or they may wear dressy business attire. Students will also want to bring clothing for recreational activities. Students will be invited to swim and dance during the evening of the conference. Please bring appropriate attire for these activities.
Advisor COLT Schedule
Teachers are invited to observe any student portion of the conference; teachers are also asked to attend specific team time portions of the conference. These times will be identified and shared with you during the teacher in-service which is provided on the first day of each COLT session.
Please send any additional COLT questions to