FFA

Georgia FFA Website:  http://www.georgiaffa.org/

National FFA Website:  https://www.ffa.org/Pages/default.aspx

What is FFA?

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

FFA Mission
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Membership
The FFA’s 457,278 members and 7,312 chapters represent all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is a diverse organization, operating in rural, urban and suburban schools. Students aged 12-21 enrolled in agricultural education programs are eligible for membership.
For more information on membership, visit our Join FFA section.

Science, Business and Technology

The organization changed its name in 1988 from Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organization to reflect its evolution in response to expanded agricultural opportunities encompassing science, business and technology in addition to production farming. FFA members, who may enter the workforce directly or pursue higher degrees through technical schools and four-year universities, are preparing for careers in agricultural marketing, processing, communications, education, horticulture, production, natural resources, forestry, agribusiness and other diverse agricultural fields.

Federally Chartered

The FFA was organized nationally in 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. In 1950, Congress granted the FFA a federal charter, making it an integral, extracurricular 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.
To find out more, go to Key Moments in FFA History click on About FFA.

Structure of FFA

The 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 45,000 attendees each November. The National FFA Alumni Association’s more than 40,000 members in 1,200 affiliates assist in the continued growth and development of active FFA programs.

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.

Programs and Activities

FFA’s local, state and national 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.
Visit our Programs area for more details.

Student Leadership

FFA members elect their own officers and plan and conduct activities with supervision from their chapter advisors. A team of six National Officers, typically college students taking a year out of their studies, plays a key role in planning the national convention and other events, and travels more than 100,000 miles during their year of service representing the FFA. To find out more about FFA officers, go to FFA.org and click on Students/Members, then click on National Officers.

FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, works with business and industry, organizations and individuals to raise funds to recognize FFA achievements and support activities at local, state and national levels.
The foundation’s address is 6060 FFA Drive, P.O. Box 68960, Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960. Telephone: 317-802-6050. Fax: 317-802-6051.

Learning by Doing

How would you like to get paid for learning? FFA members start their own businesses or work for an agricultural company throughout high school. Some FFA members have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by the time they graduated from college by reinvesting their profits in their business! While most members don’t earn quite that much, their experience still puts them way ahead of their classmates when it comes to applying for college or finding a job.

Fun

Half a million students across the country are becoming leaders, building self-esteem and preparing for career success. And they’re having a great time in the process. They’re members of FFA, the organization for students in agricultural education and they’re making new friends, going new places and trying new things. They’re having a blast doing it!

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