INDIANAPOLIS -- RFD-TV will broadcast live coverage of the 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis for four days beginning Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. (EST) and continuing through the election of the 2006-2007 National FFA Officers on Saturday, Oct. 28. The program will be hosted by Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong.



RFD-TV will be there to capture all the action as more than 55,000 FFA members, advisors and guests pack Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers, the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana State Fairgrounds and other sites in downtown Indianapolis. This is the first year that the national FFA convention is being held in Indianapolis, and FFA will continue to meet here for seven years. The 79th National FFA Convention theme is "Blue Jackets, Gold Standards," giving visual imagery to the ideals of the organization as well as the sea of blue jackets that will adorn the Circle City.



The show kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 25, with an inspiring opening session. Motivational speakers, exciting awards, high-energy activities and pageantry are some of the convention highlights. The live coverage will include all sessions and pre-shows, interspersed with live interviews and commentaries.



The national FFA convention is an opportunity to recognize FFA members, teachers and sponsors for their achievements and support in the areas of leadership, citizenship and career success through agricultural science education. Thousands of FFA members will be recognized during the convention with awards and degrees. Each session will feature these students receiving their awards live on-stage as well as musical performances of the National FFA Chorus, National FFA Band and other FFA talent.



RFD-TV is the first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America. Currently RFD-TV is available to more than 30 million homes as a basic channel on DISH Network (9409), DIRECTV (379) and Mediacom, NCTC and other cable systems. Visit www.rfdtv.com for more information.



FFA is a national youth organization of 490,017 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,210 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives 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 Convention "LIVE" on RFD-TV will once again be hosted by Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong, who will be joined before and after each FFA session by numerous special guests from the FFA convention along with winners of the various FFA awards.



Full news release with TV coverage schedule.

SOURCE: National FFA Organization.