Southeast Valley High School


Carlson Receives American Degree

News Release 2021 National FFA Convention and Expo, October 27 – 30

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--The 94th National FFA Convention & Expo celebrated its

annual in-person convention beginning October 27th and concluded on October

30th . More than 60,000 FFA members and guests from throughout the United

States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands attended this year’s event. In 2020,

the organization canceled the in-person event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and

instead offered a virtual experience. The in-person National Convention & Expo

returned to Indianapolis this year as part of the organization’s long-term hosting

partnership with Indianapolis that will run through 2033. The convention and

expo kicked off in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, October 27th . Seven

general sessions were held at Lucas Oil Stadium. On the morning of Saturday,

October 30th , a special ceremony was held where American FFA Degrees, the

highest degree for an FFA member, was bestowed upon 3,863 members.

Ben Carlson, the son of Jim and Jennifer Carlson of Gowrie received the American

Degree and was Iowa’s FFA Association’s Star Candidate in Production


The Iowa FFA Association had representation from more than 3,000 attendees

involved in all facets of the four day convention.