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National FFA 2017: The power of prepared public speaking


We had the pleasure to sit in on the Prepared Public Speaking finals during the 90th annual National FFA Convention and the speeches were phenomenal.
Here’s some of our favorite quotes from the session:

On stem cell research in horses, Reagan Stephens, Weatherford FFA, Oklahoma said:

“I think if society understands these are non-embryonic stem cells and the research can translate over from horses to humans, the public will be more open to it.”

Luke Weber, Stephenville FFA, Texas on why America needs a flat tax:

“I think most importantly the flat tax at the end of the day puts more money in the average person’s pocket.”

Fear-mongering marketing tactics needs to go, said Adrian Schunk, Mason FFA, Michigan.

“How do we, the agricultural industry, educate consumers before being easily swayed by fear-based marketing, activist groups, and social media?” Schunk said. “We must be authentic, transparent, and tell our stories.”

When it comes to nearly seven percent of consumers believing chocolate milk comes from brown cows, Erin Bacon, Jefferson County FFA, Tennessee said the ag industry needs to speak up.

“It is possible to dispel consumer confusion and it takes action,” Bacon said. “It’s up to us to be a little more proactive than reactive.”

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