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When and where is convention?2018-09-10T20:34:43+00:00

Wed. Oct. 24 — Sat. Oct. 27, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

I am a first time advisor and new to convention. What do I need to do to plan my trip?2018-09-10T20:33:43+00:00

Click here for the First Time Advisor Guide.

When does registration open?2018-09-10T20:34:58+00:00

Early Bird registration and pricing opens Wed. Sept. 12th at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Standard registration pricing will begin on Wed. Oct. 3rd at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

How much does it cost to register?2018-09-10T20:48:09+00:00

Early Bird registration rates (Sept. 12 — Oct. 3 at 8:00 p.m. EDT)

  • $60 — Full Registration (If you have rooms reserved within the National FFA Housing Block or your school is within a 100-mile radius of the Indiana Convention Center and you drive back and forth each day)
  • $85 — Full Registration (If you are not staying within the National FFA Housing Block)
  • $35 — Daily Registration

Standard Registration rates (Oct. 3 at 8:00 p.m. EDT — Convention)

  • $90 — Full Registration
  • $43 — Daily Registration
What comes with a Full Registration?2018-09-10T20:36:37+00:00

Full Registration comes with full entry into the expo and shopping mall during operating hours, 1 opening session seat (you must select during registration if you want to have seats for Opening Session 1A, 1B or 1C), all general sessions (including the American Degree Ceremony), student and teacher workshops and the Blue Room. Full registrations do not include Career Success Tours, National Days of Service, concert, rodeo or hypnotist show entry.

What comes with a Daily Registration?2018-09-10T20:48:20+00:00

The following are included for each daily registration:

  • Wednesday Daily — full access to expo, shopping mall, either opening sessions 1A or 1B (must be selected during registration), student and teacher workshops and the Blue Room for Wednesday only. Does not include any Career Success Tours, National Days of Service, concert, rodeo or hypnotist show entry.
  • Thursday Daily — full access to expo, shopping mall, either opening session 1C (must be selected during registration), general sessions, student and teacher workshops and the Blue Room for Thursday only. Does not include any Career Success Tours, National Days of Service, concert, rodeo or hypnotist show entry.
  • Friday Daily — full access to expo, shopping mall, general sessions, student and teacher workshops and the Blue Room for Friday only. Does not include any Career Success Tours, National Days of Service, concert, rodeo or hypnotist show entry.
  • Saturday Daily — full access to general sessions (including the American Degree Ceremony) and shopping mall during operating hours.
How do I register?2018-09-10T20:36:52+00:00

To pre-register online, access the link to registration by logging into your ffa.org account and click on the convention registration link within your dashboard. You may also register onsite starting Tues. Oct. 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall K.

Can an FFA member register themselves?2018-09-10T20:39:55+00:00

No, the chapter advisor must log in to his/her ffa.org account and click on the National Convention Registration link within the dashboard.

My chapter isn’t going to convention. Can another advisor register an FFA member who is not in his/her chapter?2018-09-10T20:40:05+00:00

It is preferred that the chapter advisor of the FFA member complete the registration so that attendee records are accurate. Chapter advisors may register a member from another chapter, however when they go to select the names of the members attending within the registration process they will have to manually enter in the name of that other chapter member.

I am a parent of a member and want to attend. How do I register?2018-09-10T20:40:21+00:00

To pre-register, the chapter advisor must log in to his/her ffa.org account and register any parent or guest by selecting the guest registration. Guests may also register onsite starting Tues. Oct. 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall K.

Can I pay for registration items with a school Purchase Order?2018-09-10T20:40:31+00:00

Yes, you can pay with a school PO during online pre-registration.

Can our convention credential name badges be shipped?2018-09-10T20:41:37+00:00

Convention name badges are not shipped. You must check in and pick them up at Onsite Registration at the Indiana Convention Center, Hall K. Hours of operation are:

  • Tues. Oct. 23  1 p.m. EDT — 8 p.m. EDT
  • Wed. Oct. 24  8 a.m. EDT — 8 p.m. EDT
  • Thurs. Oct. 25  7 a.m. EDT — 8 p.m. EDT
  • Fri. Oct. 26  8 a.m. EDT — 8 p.m. EDT
  • Sat. Oct. 27  6:30 a.m. EDT — 9 a.m. EDT
  • Sat. Oct. 27  6:30 a.m. Lucas Oil Stadium for American Degree Ceremony
Do young children and babies need to have a registration?2018-09-10T20:42:11+00:00

Children 5 and under do not have to be registered for the convention. However, children 5 or under must have a purchased ticket to attend the concert or rodeo.

How do I buy a parking pass for my school bus, motor coach or mini bus?2018-09-10T20:42:48+00:00

Parking passes for school buses, motor coaches and mini buses can be purchased through convention registration. Prices will range from $75-$125 for 4 — 5 day passes depending on the selected lot.

How do I buy a parking pass for my car, Sedan, truck or SUV?2018-09-10T20:43:23+00:00

Click here for links to the garages and lots selling passes at the FFA rate for parking a standard vehicle, Sedan, truck, SUV or 15 passenger van. Prices range from $35 — $105 depending on the length of stay and lot and/or garage selected.

Where can I find parking if I have a trailer?2018-09-10T20:44:07+00:00

Send an email to convention@ffa.org with your request to park a trailer during convention.

Are hotel shuttles provided for every hotel in the housing block?2018-09-10T20:44:22+00:00

There are 3 hotel shuttles provided during convention. Shuttle passes can be purchased through online convention registration. Price is $40 per pass.

  • Orange Route: Comfort Suites Airport and Courtyard by Marriott Airport
  • Blue Route: Hampton Inn & Suites Airport, Hilton Garden Inn Airport and Holiday Inn Ameriplex
  • Brown Route: Drury Inn & Suites Indianapolis North
Do I have to register for convention in order to buy tickets for the concert or rodeo?2018-09-18T17:40:06+00:00

Yes. The concert for convention is a private event for registered convention attendees only. The link to purchase tickets to our private concert will be provided in your registration confirmation email. For a complete list of FAQs for the concert click here. Rodeo tickets can be purchased in 2018 through convention registration.

Do I need to wear my convention name badge for all events?2018-09-10T20:45:11+00:00

Yes. You will need to have your convention name badge to enter all convention events including the concert and rodeo.

What items are prohibited at convention venues?2018-10-03T16:04:52+00:00

For your safety, all convention participants are subject to TSA-style search at venue entry. This applies to all convention venues, including Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

  • Knives (all types and all sizes)
  • Alcohol, drugs, illegal substances, or any paraphernalia associated with drug use
  • Beach balls or any projectiles or missiles
  • Fireworks
  • Flags/Signs with poles
  • Laser pens/pointers of any type
  • Noisemakers such as air horns
  • Objects that obstruct another guest’s view
  • Outside food or drinks
  • Over-sized bags or duffel bags
  • Pepper spray/Mace
  • Poles or sticks
  • Signs or banners
  • Skateboards/roller blades
  • Weapons of any type, including chains, knives, firearms, and spiked jewelry
  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by event/building management

If a prohibited item is revealed during a search, guests may dispose of the item or return the item to their vehicle. No items can be checked at the venue.

What food options are available around the convention center?2018-10-03T16:13:21+00:00

There are several concession stands and 3 food courts located inside the Indiana Convention Center with multiple price ranges. Concession stands and food courts outside of the expo halls will be open:

  • Tues. Oct. 23  1 p.m. — 6 p.m. | Georgia Street Lobby Food Court only
  • Wed. Oct. 24  7 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Thurs. Oct. 25  7 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Fri. Oct. 26  7 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Sat. Oct. 27  6:30 a.m. — Noon

All concessions located within the expo halls will be open during expo hours. Food trucks will be located outside the Indiana Convention Center on Georgia Street Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Download the National FFA Convention & Expo app for a large list of nearby Indianapolis dining options of all types.

Click here for additional dining information.

Where can I find a list of exhibitors for the expo and shopping mall?2018-09-10T20:46:47+00:00

Click here and select 2018 Expo Exhibitor Listing.

What time is the expo and shopping mall open?2018-09-10T20:47:22+00:00

The expo will be open:

  • Wed. Oct. 24  Noon — 5 p.m.
  • Thurs. Oct. 25  8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
  • Fri. Oct. 26  8 a.m. — 3 p.m.

The shopping mall will be open:

  • Wed. Oct. 24  8 a.m. — 7 p.m.
  • Thurs. Oct. 25  8 a.m. — 7 p.m.
  • Fri. Oct. 26  8 a.m. — 6 p.m.
  • Sat. Oct. 27  8 a.m. — Noon
Will the convention be on TV or streamed?2018-10-04T15:29:32+00:00

Yes, National FFA Convention & Expo events can be viewed on TV and via stream.

Television

RFD-TV, a proud platinum sponsor of the National FFA Organization, will provide full television coverage of the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo general sessions. Find RFD-TV in your area.

Streaming

General sessions, CDE/LDE Finals Hall events, National FFA Talent Rounds 2 and 3, National FFA Band and Chorus Concert and more will be available via streaming on FFA.org and convention.FFA.org. Check back soon for a complete schedule.

Wednesday Start-Up Street2018-10-19T17:42:10+00:00
GENERAL QUESTION

How do you start a business? How did you get this idea to come to life?

AgriSync
AgriSync
AgriSync

What is an agriculture advisor, and how do they use your tool?

Cool Planet
Cool Planet

How can we capture and store carbon in the soil?

CROPi
CROPi

How does data collection with drones improve agriculture?

United Animal Health
United Animal Health

What kind of data do you collect on livestock?

Thursday Start-Up Street2018-10-19T17:42:28+00:00
GENERAL QUESTION

How do you start a business? How did you get this idea to come to life?

AGvend
AgVend

What is eCommerce and how is it new to agriculture?

The Bee Corp

How is technology helping bees and pollinators?

Cool Planet
Cool Planet

How is Cool Planet improving soil health?

United Animal Health
United Animal Health

What kind of data do you collect on livestock?

Friday Start-Up Street2018-10-19T17:42:42+00:00
GENERAL QUESTION

How do you start a business? How did you get this idea to come to life?

Taranis

What is “Big Data” and how can it help farmers?

FarmLandFinder

How does this technology help farmers buy land?

Cool Planet
Cool Planet

How does Cool Planet make farmers more profitable?

United Animal Health
United Animal Health

What is a direct-feed microbial?

Wednesday College Corner2018-10-19T17:44:54+00:00
GENERAL QUESTION

What are future careers or opportunities in agriculture?

Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric

What is the future for careers in welding?

McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

How do universities help entrepreneurs and innovators bring ideas to life?

Ag Bot Challenge
Ag Bot Challenge

What makes a good AgBot Challenge team?

Thursday College Corner2018-10-19T17:51:24+00:00
GENERAL QUESTION

What are future careers or opportunities in agriculture?

UTI
Universal Tech Institute
Universal Technical Institute

What kinds of careers does UTI prepare students for?

McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

How do universities help entrepreneurs and innovators bring ideas to life?

Ag Bot Challenge
Ag Bot Challenge

What makes a good AgBot Challenge team?

Monmouth College
Monmouth College

How does Monmouth college prepare students for careers in agriculture?

Friday College Corner2018-10-19T17:49:02+00:00
GENERAL QUESTION

What are future careers or opportunities in agriculture?

Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric

What is the future for careers in welding?

McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship

How do universities help entrepreneurs and innovators bring ideas to life?

Ag Bot Challenge
Ag Bot Challenge

What makes a good AgBot Challenge team?

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