The FFA is an organization for students enrolled in high school agriculture classes. The FFA emphasizes leadership development by placing the students in charge of their local FFA chapter. Through the FFA students can participate in leadership development events such as Livestock Judging, Nursery and Landscaping, and Forestry. Many awards and scholarships are available through the FFA organization. All students enrolled in the Agriculture Education program can become members of FFA.
The National FFA organization was founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers, and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. Since 1928, millions of agriculture students have donned the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA creed. FFA has opened its doors and its arms to minorities and women, ensuring that all students could reap the benefits of agricultural education.
The National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To accomplish its mission FFA develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership. It strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
FFA operates on local, state, and national levels. Students members belong to chapters organized at the local school level. Agriculture 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 FFA programs and activities help 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. Community service programs help students contribute to society.