We are pleased to announce our first-ever FFA Speech Competition, as part of the West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference and Community Expo!

West Virginia middle and high school FFA members are eligible, with only two students from each chapter/school allowed to compete. Only the first 30 students entered into the competition by their teachers will be allowed to participate.

“We are excited to offer this new venue for our FFA chapters to directly participate in the West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference and Community Expo,” said Dr. Annette Ericksen, assistant program director for agriculture and natural resources with West Virginia State University Extension Service and the conference’s chairperson. “Our future in agriculture innovation and sustainability is harbored within these young farmers.” 

Participants will be required to give a prepared public speech, as though they are a newly elected Commissioner for Agriculture, on the following topic:

The people of West Virginia have elected you as the new Commissioner of Agriculture. Your first duty is to deliver to your constituents an agenda to cultivate community engagement while growing West Virginia’s agricultural economy. What would that agenda entail?  

TO ENTER: FFA advisors/teachers must must register and submit their students’ manuscript, maximum five minutes in length, by April 19. A panel of judges will critique the manuscripts and judge contestants on supporting evidence, persuasive use of evidence, logic, pace, command of audience, mannerism and gestures, and poise.

There will be three cash prizes: $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place.