The thousands of students who wear those blue corduroy jackets are fiercely dedicated to the Future Farmers of America and its creed. They devote countless hours to the organization, but say they get back even more.
Even though she was tired and hungry by the time we found her, bogged down by the stress of organizing a convention for thousands, Megan Shearrer wouldn't want to be anywhere else. "It really becomes a very deep part of who you are. Especially the people you meet. This place is going to be full of people in these jackets," she says.
Megan is an FFA state vice president and, for her, this year's convention holds special meaning. She says, "I've already cried once thinking about it."
That's because after five years and countless hours of work and dedication, this is Megan's last state conference before she hands the torch and goes on to finish college. "I'm currently a pre-pharmacy major at The University of Texas in Austin. I am just using my FFA experience as far as the leadership development and the responsibility it develops to propel myself throughout the future," Megan explains.
Megan's interest in the FFA started when she worked in her family's feed store in Jourdanton, then she joined FFA as a freshman in high school and went to her first convention. "I knew I wanted to be there and be involved forever," Megan recalls.
And forever Megan will remember what she's learned according to the FFA creed. She recites, "I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words, but of deeds."
Megan earns her national FFA degree this fall in Louisville Kentucky. She says the organization will always be part of her life and she will always believe in the future of agriculture.
FFA Convention Visitors Bring $2 Million Profit to Lubbock
It's being called a citywide sellout; hotels and motels are sold out through Friday as thousands of Future Farmers of America attend the 77th Annual FFA Convention right here in Lubbock.