BOZEMAN — Montana State University will host more than 1,600 high school and middle school students from across the state on Nov. 11-13 for the annual Montana FFA Ag Expo sponsored by John Deere Dealers.

The event includes leadership development workshops, education in career options with industry representatives and tours of MSU research and academic facilities. Students will also compete in various FFA activities, such as quiz bowls and livestock judging competitions, which will be hosted both on campus and at the Gallatin County fairgrounds.

The expo is the result of a partnership between the university, Montana John Deere dealers – C&B Operations, Frontline Ag Solutions and RDO Equipment Co. – and the Montana FFA Foundation. The foundation supports 100 FFA chapters across the state. Its mission is to cultivate partnerships, promote awareness and secure resources to enhance agricultural education and opportunities for students.

The expo is largely a volunteer-run event, requiring hundreds of judges and volunteers to put on the 25 career development events. No experience is required to volunteer, and those who are interested can sign up at https://signup.com/client/.

Groups can also register to host an exhibit at the expo’s career fair on Nov. 12. More information on the career fair can be found at www.MontanaFFA.org.