The Minnesota FFA Association chartered five new FFA chapters as part of the 2020 State FFA Convention. Local FFA chapters are the gateway to participation for FFA members and must meet a series of requirements before officially being chartered by their state association. 

In Minnesota, chapters must have completed program approval with the Minnesota Department of Education, have a roster of FFA members, pay FFA dues and develop a series of governance boards and documents. Chapters meeting the requirements for chartering in 2020 include: Mankato, Janesville Waldorf Pemberton, Ellsworth, Pillager, and ROCORI 

During their inaugural year, the Mankato FFA hosted a fruit sale fundraiser, attended numerous Career Development Event contests, had 1 student selected for a National FFA SAE Grant, and 2 for the Compart Family Farms Digital Media Team. Other highlights include our first Regional Champion in the FFA Creed Contest and culminating their year by officially receiving our State FFA Charter at the State FFA convention ending a year of leadership, growth, and opportunity. 

Chapters officially received charters during an online ceremony on Tuesday, May 20. As part of the ceremony, State FFA Reporter Bri on Fuglseth charged the new chapters to remember that the heartbeat of every story we tell starts at the local level. State FFA Secretary, Elaine Dorn, charged the members to “build our chapters upon relationships and connections within and beyond our communities. May you find no shortage of opportunities to learn from others, share with others, and take advantage of experiences that increase your network.”