Development of Community: Future Farmers of America

Your Mission if you Chose to Accept:

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 National FFA Organization currently has 7,263 chapters that can be found in all 50 states. It currently has 452, 885 members. These members are students ages 12-21 who are enrolled in some kind of agricultural education program at their schools. The National FFA Organization teaches members about agricultural-related topics through school classes, hands-on experiences, and FFA meetings and conventions. They even have their own FFA web site!

Historical facts about FFA:
  • The National FFA Organization started in Kansas City, MO in 1928.

  • When it first began, annual dues for membership in the National FFA Organization were 10 cents per year.

  • The official colors of the organization are national blue and corn gold.

  • Girls were not allowed to become members of FFA until 1969. Today over one-fourth of all the FFA members are girls.

  • In 1988 the name of the organization was changed from "Future Farmers of America" to the "National FFA Organization" to accommodate the business, science and technology aspects of agriculture as well as farming.

  • There are 40 different subject areas dealing with agriculture that are available to FFA members. These subject areas include feed grain production, natural resource management and new agricultural technologies.

  • Members of FFA from Fredericktown, Ohio wore blue corduroy jackets with the FFA emblem on the back to the 1933 national convention, and the officials at the convention decided that it would be the official FFA jacket. It still is! Look below!
  • Fredericktown, Oh signFFA jacket
    Photos by Margana Dane

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    There are many other organizations that farmers and non-farmers can join! Some organizations are for kids and some are for adults. Click on the organizations below to learn more!
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