I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
Through FFA programs, members begin to discover their unique talents, their values, and their ambition in life. Programs provide them with the opportunity to travel, discover careers in agriculture, and develop their leadership skills.
FFA members can earn degrees as they progress through the phases of their leadership, academic and career skills development.
Through its outreach programs, FFA encourages its members and advisors to use their knowledge and skills to serve others.
FFA Outreach programs help to teach elementary school students where their food comes from. They help to teach older students and adults about the importance of the agriculture industry. They help the public understand the important role that science and technology plays in producing our food. They lend a helping hand to those in need.
Get involved in an FFA Outreach program. You’ll be making a difference in your life as you make a difference for others.
FFA has an award to match almost any member’s unique talents and interests. Find a program that interests you, set a goal, and work hard to achieve it. You’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to succeed in all aspects of life.
Scholarships are available to match a wide variety skills, experiences, career goals and higher-education plans. Approximately $2 million in scholarship money is available each year.
"Future Farmers of America" was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting-- it's a science, it's a business and it's an art.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.
So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.
The National FFA Organization is a research and support organization that does not select, control or supervise state FFA association, local chapter or individual member activities. Educational materials are developed by FFA in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education as a service to state and local agricultural education agencies.
The National FFA Organization is led by a board of directors and six student national officers. Together, they act on recommendations from the national convention delegates and agricultural education’s stakeholders to set the vision and policy for FFA.
The national FFA staff carries out the policies and provides programs and services for the organization.
The national FFA officers represent the members and actively guide the course of the organization during their year of service.
National FFA Federal Charter & Public Law
The FFA Mission
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The Agricultural Education Mission
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.
The National FFA Organization is a resource and support organization that does not select, control or supervise state association, local chapter or individual member activities. Educational materials are developed by FFA in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education as a service to state and local agricultural education agencies.
The National FFA Organization affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer
State FFA associations function within the constitution of the National FFA Organization but may also create individual leadership structures, awards, programs and competitions.
State FFA officers lead the membership of the state associations and are elected by state FFA convention delegates.
Local FFA Chapters are chartered through the state associations.
The heart of the National FFA Organization is at the local chapter level. FFA chapter may be chartered in any public school with an agricultural education program.
Leadership is provided by student officers who are elected each year by the chapter’s members, and by the agriculture teacher who serves as the advisor for the chapter.
National FFA Events
FFA events, like the National FFA Convention and FFA Week, celebrate the amazing accomplishments of members, teachers and the agriculture industry. During FFA events, members receive awards and recognition for their hard work, and draw inspiration from the ideas and enthusiasm of their fellow, members, teachers and mentors.
The National FFA Convention & Expo is held each October with nearly 55,000 FFA members and guests from across the country in attendance. Members participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, a career show and expo, volunteer activities and much more. It is one of the largest annual student conventions in the country.
The National FFA Expo is the only Agricultural, Food Science and Natural Resource Education Show that brings you 47,000 high school students and 4,000 agriculture teachers, all in one place, and all in just three days! No other event can deliver the future buying power of our more than 500,000 National FFA members, advisors and guests.
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Each year, during the week of George Washington’s birthday, FFA members, advisors, alumni and supporters celebrate the organization’s contributions to local schools, communities and the agriculture industry through National FFA Week.
2013 FFA Week Resources
At FFA camps, retreats and conferences FFA members work on their leadership skills and character development. And, they meet new friends and have have a lot of fun!