BATON ROUGE –Annually, the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Association nominates one student member to represent the state as its National FFA Officer Candidate.

Each state is allowed one delegate, and this year’s nominee for Louisiana is Layni LeBlanc.

It takes a highly motivated person to become a successful national FFA officer—an opportunity afforded to few members.

In fact, only six members are elected annually from the national organization’s 649,355 student members.

“Running for a national FFA office means shedding a light on our organization and the importance of agriculture,” said LeBlanc, a Walker High alumna. “It means being a voice and role model for our program and serving those who need it the most.”

LeBlanc is currently a College of Agriculture student at Louisiana State University majoring in animal sciences with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. She is minoring in communication studies.

She also serves as the 2016-2017 Louisiana FFA State Secretary, a position she was elected to last June by a committee of her student peers.

LeBlanc is a member of LSU’s Collegiate FFA, Collegiate 4-H, and Pre-Veterinary Club.

LeBlanc will go on to represent Louisiana at the 90th National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, Ind., with up to 51 other candidates from other U.S. states and territories.

If elected, she will serve the national organization for a one-year term as an officer.

The Louisiana FFA Association provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to over 9,502 members from 193 local chapters throughout Louisiana.

The Louisiana FFA State Office is an entity of the LSU AgCenter, and is housed on the campus of Louisiana State University.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture.

The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.

For more information, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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