FFA History Introduction to Agriculture What is FFA? Once known as Future Farmers of America FFA is a youth organization that changes lives and prepares students for leadership, personal growth and career success. Today over a half million members are engaged in
activities leading to over 300 career opportunities in the agriculture science, food, fiber and natural resource industry. The FFA Organizational Structure 3 Levels Local State National
Program of Activities POA is our road map for the year. It is our calendar of events for the year. The POA focuses on: Student development Chapter development Community development Major Historical Events in the FFA
1917 Smith-Hughes Act-Established vocational education courses 1928 Future Farmers of America was founded dues were just 10 cents. 1929 National Blue and Corn Gold adopted as the official colors 1933 Corduroy jacket adopted as official dress Major Historical Events in the FFA
1944 National FFA Foundation was formed to use funds from business and industry to support FFA activities. Major Historical Events in the FFA 1958 The National Future Farmer magazine was started. 1965 Consolidation with the New
Farmers of America (NFA) strengthened the FFA. (NFA was an organization similar to the FFA for African American students.) Major FFA Events Cont. 1969 Female students were allowed to become members. 1971 National FFA Alumni Association was formed.
1988 Name of the organization was changed to National FFA Organization. Major Historical Events in the FFA 1989 Name of The National Future Farmer magazine was changed to New Horizons. 1999 National FFA Center moved
from Alexandria, VA, to Indianapolis, IN. 1999 The National FFA Convention was moved to Louisville, Kentucky. Major Historical Events in the FFA 2006 National FFA convention held in Indianapolis Indiana 54,489 members in attendance.
The FFA Purpose The purpose of the FFA is to develop: Leadership Scholarship Improved Agriculture Cooperation Citizenship
Recreation Patriotism Service Character Thrift The FFA stresses three closely related areas: leadership, personal growth, and
Kinds of FFA Membership 1. 2. 3. 4. Active Alumni Collegiate
Honorary FFA Motto Learning to Do Doing to Learn Earning to Live Living to Serve Colors of the FFA The colors of the FFA are National
Blue and Corn Gold. Blue reminds us that the FFA is a national organization. Gold reminds us that corn is a native American crop grown in every state. Symbols of the FFA Emblem The FFA emblem was designed
with much thought and meaning. It is made up of five symbols. Symbols of the FFA Emblem A cross-section of an ear of corn. The
symbol of corn represents our common agricultural interests, is native to America, and is grown in every state. Symbols of the FFA
Emblem The rising sun. It symbolizes progress in agriculture and the confidence that FFA members have in the future.
Symbols of the FFA Emblem The plow. It is a symbol of labor and tillage of the soil. Symbols of the FFA Emblem The owl. It
symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. Symbols of the FFA Emblem The eagle. This is symbolic of the national scope of the FFA.
Symbols of the FFA Emblem The words Agricultural Education surround the letters FFA. This tells us that FFA is an important part
of agriculture and agribusiness programs. Official Dress First impressions are crucial, and that involves the way we dress. ALL FFA members are required to wear official dress while participating in official
activities Females Black skirt - Skirt is to be at least knee length, hemmed evenly across the bottom, with a slit no longer than 2 inches above the knee, excluding the kick pleat White collared blouse & Official FFA blue scarf Black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe (no boots, sandals, open-toed shoes, tennis shoes, ) Black nylon hosiery
Official FFA jacket zipped to the top. Black Slacks may be appropriate for traveling and outdoor activities Males Black dress pants (no jeans - blue or black, leather, pleather, etc.) White dress shirt & Official FFA tie Black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe. (no boots, sandals, open-toed shoes,
tennis shoes, ) Black socks Official FFA jacket zipped to the top Some Guidelines For Wearing the FFA Jacket 1. It should only be worn by FFA members. 2. It should always be clean and neat. 3. It should only have the names of the
state association and local chapter on the back. Individuals name and office of honor should be on the front. Some Guidelines For Wearing the FFA Jacket 4. It should be worn with the zipper fastened to all official FFA occasions. 5. It should not be worn with apparel bearing the insignia of other
organizations. 6. It should be worn with no more than three medals beneath the individuals name. The FFA Creed 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. The FFA Creed 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 fond-ness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny. The FFA Creed 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 ag-riculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil. The FFA Creed 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 paying square with those whose happiness depends upon me. The FFA Creed 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. Where to get more information http://www.ffa.org http://www.texasffa.org
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