What is FFA?
FFA is a dynamic youth organization that is a part of agricultural education programs at middle and high schools. Today, student members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities, leading to over 300 career opportunities in agriculture. FFA is structured on three levels: local, state and national. At the national level, FFA is led by a board of directors and six student national officers.
The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America; however, in 1988 the official name of the organization was changed from “Future Farmers of America” to “The National FFA Organization” to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture. The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation operate from the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The National FFA Headquarters are located in Alexandria, Virginia. FFA programs are funded through sponsorships and private donations at the local, state and national level. National dues for each member are $5 per year.
The National FFA Convention 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 youth gatherings in the country. Each February, State FFA chapters across the nation participate in National FFA Week at the local and state levels. Chapters plan a weeklong schedule of events to promote FFA and agriculture in their schools and communities.
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.
To accomplish its mission, FFA:
• Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
• Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
• Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
• Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
• Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
• Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
• Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
• Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
• Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
• Promotes healthy lifestyles.
• Encourages excellence in scholarship
Click here to check out the Badger FFA Member Handbook:
To learn about some specific things that the Badger FFA Chapter contributes to check out the Farm to School page!