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 Conferences
When and where will Mission and Impact occur?
The date is set for February 25-26, 2022 in Kearney at Younes Conference Center. Programming will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and will end about 3:30 pm on Saturday.
Who should attend Mission Conference?
Mission Conference is designed for 9th and 10th graders. The journey of leadership begins with self-discovery. Students at the Mission Conference explore what makes them unique and learn strategies to become a more confident and capable version of themselves. We explore values, strengths, decision-making skills and self-confidence. The Mission Conference culminates in students developing their personal mission statement.
Who should attend Impact Conference?
This conference is designed for 11th and 12th graders. Leaders make an impact on their communities that lives on long after they leave. The Impact Conference empowers students to define what their impact will be. Students will explore challenges facing their communities and strategies they can deploy to help. In addition, students will explore their values, practice innovative thinking and determine how they can inspire others. The Impact Conference culminates in students developing an Impact Plan to create change in their local community.
Reminder – all students must have an advisor or chaperone with them on-site during the conference.
Teachers may register FFA members who are in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12. Online registration here starts on Friday, January 21 and closes Thursday, February 3. Registration is through JudgingCard; you will need to login with your AET credentials.
You’ll need your student’s t-shirt size for registration. The dress code is school appropriate casual clothing, no official dress is needed. Masks will be required for participants and teachers.
What is the cost for each individual to attend Mission/Impact Conference?
Schools will be invoiced $75 for each student registered for the conference. This includes conference sessions, lunch on Saturday and a t-shirt.
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.
Mission and Impact Schedule:
Friday, February 25
6:00 PM – Registration Starts (no supper as part of the conference)
7:00 PM – Student Leadership Sessions Start
7:00 PM- Launch! (by invitation only)
11:00 PM – Day 1 Concludes
Saturday, February 26
8:30 AM – Day 2 Starts (no breakfast as part of the conference)
Lunch (included in conference registration)
3:30 PM – Conference Concludes
All lodging arrangements and payments must be made by each FFA chapter. Do not wait to make reservations. Hotel block reservations are available at:
Fairfield Inn (308) 236-4200 and Comfort Inn (308) 251-2722
What will teachers do during the conference?
In conjunction with the Mission/Impact 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. There will also be NAEA and FFA Board meetings on Friday evening.
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 invoice to:
Grafton & Associates
5935 South 56th Street, Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68516
Make checks payable to: Nebraska FFA Association
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.
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.
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.
All students must bring with them an Nebraska CTSO medical release form and Nebraska CTSO code of conduct form that the advisor or chaperone is responsible for keeping and referencing if needed.
2022 Chapter Visit Program
We are excited to offer chapter visits this spring semester! The Chapter Visit Program is a one day visit from a state officer to facilitate workshops for your agriculture classes, meet with your chapter officer team, and learn about your program. If a one day experience isn’t an option, consider hosting the officer for a portion of the day or for a chapter event outside of the school day.
A series of seven different workshops are offered so that you may select topics that best meet the needs of students enrolled in your agricultural education courses. The session titles and descriptions are found below.
The fee for a chapter visit is $50 which pays for transportation and workshop materials. Invoices will be emailed to you after the chapter visits. Please wait to pay until you’ve received your emailed invoice.
To sign up for your date and complete visit information, refer to the email sent by Sarah on January 5. Questions on getting that information? Email Sarah.
|Session Topic||Session Summary|
Finding Our Way Through FFA
Starting our FFA careers can be overwhelming – in this workshop, students will explore all the opportunities that FFA has to offer. From understanding the three-circle model, to convention and conference options, to competitions, students will walk out of this session with a clear pathway to successful participation in chapter, district, and state-level opportunities! Geared toward 7th, 8th, 9th grade students.
Leadership on Teams
How does individual leadership differ from being a team leader? This session answers that question! Students will learn about what it means to lead on a team, how to identify and promote positive team culture, and how to create a positive team experience. This session is ideal for 11th and 12th grade students.
Building and Owning Your Story
We all have a story to tell, sometimes knowing who we are and how to share about ourselves is tough. In this session, students will define and illustrate steps to build their personal story. They will identify what sets them apart from others and develop ways to share it effectively. This session is ideal for students in 9th through 12thgrade.
Exploring Leadership Styles
Students will discover and understand the four leadership styles that can be present on a team. They will explore how each of these leadership styles is important to a team and the characteristics that each style presents. By the end, students will understand which style they use the most often and will understand their role on a team. This workshop is ideal for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students.
Agriculture – Sharing One Story at a Time
Students will discover what it means to be an agriculture advocate and take a look at some modern examples! They will learn how to become an advocate and create a plan to carry out advocacy in their school and community! This session is ideal for 11th and 12th grade students.
Students will learn different elements and characteristics on how to work with a team! They will learn tips on how to be a good team member in different settings in their lives! Finally, we will identify what it takes to make a stronger and efficient dream team! This session is ideal for high school students, grades 9th through 12th.
Learn about what employers look for in prospective employees and uncover what skills students need to be successful in their careers. Students will look into the future and discover the 11 Career Readiness Practices that they can begin to develop now. This workshop is ideal for students 9th through 12th grades.
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 12 and 13, 2021. Conference registration starts onsite at Younes Conference Center at 6:30 PM on November 12. The event will conclude on Saturday, November 13 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 8 and closes November 2.
Who is P2C for?
Teachers may register FFA members who are in grades 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