Who We Are
The FFA Mission
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The FFA Motto
The FFA motto gives members twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization.
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.
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Official Organization Name The National FFA Organization was organized as the “Future Farmers of America” in 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. In 1988, the official organization name was changed to The National FFA Organization to reflect the broadening field of agriculture, which today encompasses more than 300 careers in everything from agriscience to biotechnology to turf grass management.
Federally Chartered FFA History Museum at Convention In 1950, Congress granted FFA a federal charter, making it an integral, intracurricular part of public agricultural instruction under the National Vocational Education Acts. Two of the FFA top three executives are employed by the U.S. Department of Education.
FFA Structure FFA operates on local, state and national levels. Student members belong to chapters organized at the local school level. Agricultural education instructors serve as chapter advisors. Chapters are organized under state associations headed by an advisor and executive secretary, often employees of the state department of education. States conduct programs and host annual conventions.
The National FFA Organization, governed by a Board of Directors and a Board of Student Officers, charters state associations; provides direction, programmatic materials and support; and hosts the National FFA Convention, which draws more than 51,000 attendees each fall. The National FFA Alumni Association’s more than 40,000 members assist in the continued growth and development of active FFA programs.
Agriscience Institute Applied Learning The agricultural education program provides a well–rounded, practical approach to learning through three components: Classroom education in agricultural topics such as plant and animal sciences, horticulture, forestry, agrimarketing, etc.; hands–on supervised agricultural career experience such as starting a business or working for an established company; and FFA, which provides leadership opportunities and tests students’ agricultural skills.
FFA-branded merchandise sales provide monetary support to the National FFA Organization. Every purchase from the Blue and Gold catalogs and ShopFFA.org contributes to allowing FFA members to transform FFA and agricultural education.
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The FFA programs and activities help members develop public speaking skills, conduct and participate in meetings, manage financial matters, strengthen problem–solving abilities and assume civic responsibility. Degrees earned at local, state and national levels recognize members’ increasing accomplishments. Competitive events and awards programs in areas such as public speaking, commodity marketing and agriscience recognize students’ achievements, encourage them to excel beyond the classroom and develop career skills. Community service programs help students contribute to society.
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