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General Information:

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.

To accomplish this 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

The FFA Motto
The FFA motto gives members twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization.
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

FFA Structure
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.

Official Organization Name
The National FFA Organization was organized as the "Future Farmers of America" in 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. In 1988, the official organization name was changed to The National FFA Organization to reflect the broadening field of agriculture, which today encompasses more than 300 careers in everything from agri-science to biotechnology to turf grass management. Agriculture includes, but goes beyond, traditional farming.

Federally Chartered
In 1950, Congress granted FFA a federal charter, making it an integral, intra-curricular 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

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, agri-marketing, 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
The FFA 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 agri-science recognize students' achievements, and encourage them to excel beyond the classroom and develop career skills.