In a significant technological move forward for agriculture, the National FFA Organization will stream its 2011 national convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22 live online via the newly launched Alltech Ag Network. The televised convention will be accessible real time via computers, iPads and all iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile devices.
As FFA membership stands at more than a half-million students throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, iHigh.com expects this to be its largest telecast ever. Yet the significance of the convention broadcast goes beyond record-breaking metrics.
"Agriculture is taking the lead in communications, moving high tech to engage the world in its story," says Billy Frey, general manager of the Alltech Ag Network. "iHigh.com’s unique platform enables it to, for example, on a recent Friday night, broadcast more than 170 high school football games simultaneously and live to mobile devices free of charge. This is a capability far beyond many major sports organizations and applications. FFA is now harnessing this power, broadening its reach at a time when our growing population is moving increasingly far away from the stories of the farm and the origins of their food."