This decision, recommended by National FFA staff and affirmed by the National FFA Board of Directors, is due to the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The national convention will be hosted by the 2019-20 National FFA Officer Team. The event will allow FFA members, advisors, alumni, supporters, sponsors, and exhibitors to connect more than ever before through virtual events, activities, and competitions.
The national convention will occur virtually during the week of Oct. 28, as previously planned. On Aug. 12, specific details regarding the schedule, registration details, special guests, and other pieces will be announced. Delegates from across the country will also join virtually to accomplish the official business of the student-led organization as spelled out in the National FFA Constitution.
FFA plans to return to Indianapolis in 2021 for an energetic in-person event that celebrates achievements and forms valuable connections for FFA members looking to make a strong next step.
Why was the decision made now? National FFA shared in May that a decision regarding the status of the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo would be made by July 15. However, based on research and information collected by National FFA staff, the decision to hold the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo as a virtual event was made on June 26. This decision allows attendees, exhibitors, and stakeholders time to adjust and National FFA staff time to plan an impactful virtual experience.
Source: Successful Farming, from Agriculture.com