National FFA Officer Piper Merritt addressed audience members at the opening session of the 89th North Dakota FFA State Convention. Serving as Central Region Vice President, Merritt has learned about agriculture in 27 states and even Japan. However, not coming from an agriculture background, Merritt didn’t truly understand the industry until joining the FFA in 8th grade. “Now, I want a career in agriculture. I want to empower our nation’s farmers and ranchers through agricultural policy. That just speaks to the power of the organization; to bring someone a passion for an industry they had no ties to.”
RRFN’s North Dakota FFA State Convention coverage is sponsored, in part, by North Dakota Farmers Union and Bayer CropScience.