Bekah Reed, Blog Editor
4th Year Agricultural Communication Major
Hometown: Delano, CA
Luke O’Leary, a San Luis Obispo High School graduate, Central Coast native, and California State FFA President; was named the 2018-2019 National FFA President during the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo. O’Leary is currently studying Agriculture Leadership and Development at Texas A&M University and is taking a leave to serve the largest youth organization in the nation.
O’Leary is the second National FFA President in as many years to call the state of California home.
While some people might think that the Future Farmers of America national president should be from a more “ag” state such as Texas, Iowa, or Oklahoma it is actually a perfect fit that O’Leary is from California. California is the United State’s #1 agriculturally productive state according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s 2017 Crop Report stating that the state brought in $50 billion in cash receipts for their outputs. California is home to the growth of over 400 commodities, 1/3 of the country’s vegetables, and 2/3 of the country’s fruit and nuts. So, in essence, it makes the most sense that the national president of the largest young farmer organization hails from the Golden State.
National officers dedicate one year of service with the organization and their time is spent representing student membership, facilitating workshops, delivering speeches, and serving as advocated for FFA on a global scale.
The rest of the national officer team are as follows:
Layni LeBlanc, Secretary, Louisiana
Adrian Schunk, Eastern Region Vice President, Michigan
Shea Booster, Western Region Vice President, Oregon
Jordan Stowe, Southern Region Vice President, Alabama
Ridge Hughbanks, Central Region Vice President, Oklahoma