As a proud supporter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) group, Blain’s Farm & Fleet was grateful for the opportunity to attend the Wisconsin State FFA Convention in Madison, Wisconsin this past week. The three day event included chapter projects, guest speakers, numerous networking opportunities, awards ceremonies, and a career fair. While Blain’s Farm & Fleet is no stranger to this event and has been in attendance for a number of years, we are constantly impressed by the organization and scale of the convention each year.
We aren’t quite sure how many of the 19,000 plus Wisconsin FFA members came through the doors, but the career fair was packed all day with eager, bright, and well prepared members. It was a nice change of pace for us, as we are usually interacting with college age or more seasoned candidates at job fairs. This more informal and informational event was all about providing these students with a little information about the numerous opportunities that await them.
What I enjoyed most about the fair, were the lengthy conversations I was able to have with many of the students explaining all of the different career paths we can accomadate. While all of the attendees may have shared the same passion for farming and their communities, their career interests could not have been more varied. The good news is, that Blain’s Farm & Fleet, a family owned and proud Midwest business, is able to accomadate almost every career choice. I had long chats with students interested in retail management, marketing, human resources, IT and computers, and also our buying and merchandise positions.
For Blain’s Farm & Fleet, the goal at this event wasn’t to recruit or sell our company to any of the FFA members. It was all about giving a little back to this great group, and being there to provide a little insight on the opportunities that can come from their interest in farming and agriculture. Oh, and to give away candy, too! Lots of candy!