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Introduction to FFA
Transcript of Introduction to FFA
Learning to do
Doing to learn
Earning to live
Living to Serve
Garrett R. Booth
The creed was written by
E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the
3rd National Convention of the FFA.
It was revised at the 38th Convention
and the 63rd Convention.
A. FFA is a federally chartered organization for students interested in agriculture.
1. Integral to agricultural education program
2. One of three components – classroom and laboratory instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), and FFA.
3. Develops leadership, citizenship, cooperation, communication skills and teamwork
Future Farmers of America
was the official name of the organization until it was changed in 1988. The name was changed to the
National FFA Organization
because the old name implied that we are all preparing to be farmers.
*Agriculture is much broader than farming and ranching. Members study things such as horticulture, aquaculture, food sciences, accounting, wildlife management, mechanics and engineering.
To make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for
through agricultural education.
Learning to do
Doing to learn
Earning to live
Living to serve
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. Black slacks may be appropriate for traveling and outdoor activities.
White collared blouse and official FFA blue scarf.
Black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe (No boots, sandals, open-toed shoes, or tennis shoes.)
Black nylon hosiery.
Official FFA jacket zipped to the top.
Official dress rules:
Black dress pants. (No jeans - blue or black, leather, pleather, etc.)
White dress shirt and official FFA tie
Black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe. (No boots, sandals, open-toed shoes, tennis shoes. )
Official FFA jacket zipped to the top.
How to wear awards
Chapter degree, officer and award medals should be worn beneath the name on the right side of the jacket.
State FFA Degree or American Degree keys should be worn above the name on the right side of the jacket or attached to a standard key chain.
No more than three medals should be worn on the jacket. These should represent highest degree earned, highest office held and the highest award earned.
Cross section of
the ear of corn
Holds a promise that tomorrow will bring a
glowing day with opportunity
of the soil
Historic foundation of out country's
required to be successful in the industry of agriculture.
National symbol of
Ability to explore new
horizons for the future of agriculture
FFA is a
The words "
" and FFA are signifying the classroom learning and leadership development
The FFA Emblem
D. FFA Emblem
1. Cross section of the ear of corn symbolizes common agricultural interest.
2. Eagle symbolizes the national scope of the FFA.
3. Owl symbolizes knowledge and wisdom.
4. Plow symbolizes labor and tillage of the soil.
5. Rising sun symbolizes agricultural opportunity and progress.
6. Agriculture Education and FFA symbolizes the combination of learning and leadership
necessary for progress in agriculture.
Symbol of unity
Corn is grown in every state in the nation
Only an FFA member would understand
We are just trying to help these guys
The Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act establishes vocational agriculture courses
The Future Farmers of America was established in Kansas City, Mo.
the FFA creed was adopted
The FFA jacket was adopted
as official dress
28.5 acres of land were
purchased from George
President Harry Truman
granted FFA a Federal
Charter: Public Law 740
1st issue of the National
Future Farmer Magazine
NFA (New Farmers
with the FFA
FFA opens membership
Future Farmers of America changes its name to National FFA Organization
an ag class
Have a plan
for a SAE
semesters of an ag class
Earn at least
$15 or 45
hours in SAE
for 2 years
$1000 or have
worked 300 hrs in
Graduated from high school
Demonstrate community service
Earned or productively invested $10,000 or worked 2,250 hours in your SAE
a 2.0 GPA
Written by E.M. Tiffany
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
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 fondness for those associations which,
even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
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 agriculturists to serve our own
and the public interest in producing and marketing the product
of our toil.
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 playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
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.
*Adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA
*Revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention
2. Vice President
President: Stationed by the rising sun
"The rising sun is the token of a new era in agriculture. If we will follow the leadership of our president, we shall be led out of the darkness of selfishness and into the glorious sunlight of brotherhood and cooperation."
1. Preside over meetings according to accepted rules of parliamentary procedure.
2. Appoint committees and serve on them as an ex-officio (non-voting) member.
3. Coordinate the activities of the chapter and evaluate the progress of each division of the Program of Activities.
4. Represent the chapter in public relations and official functions.
Vice President: Stationed by the plow
"The plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil. Without labor, neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much. My duties require me to assist at all times in directing the work of our organization. I preside over meetings in the absence of our president, whose place is beneath the rising sun."
1. Assume all duties of the president if necessary.
2. Develop the Program of Activities and serve as an ex-officio (non voting) member of the POA committees.
3. Coordinate all committee work.
4. Work closely with the president and advisor to assess progress toward meeting chapter goals.
5. Establish and maintain a chapter resource file.
Treasurer: Stationed at the emblem of Washington.
"I keep a record of receipts and disbursements just as Washington kept his farm accounts-carefully and accurately. I encourage thrift among the members and strive to build up our financial standing through savings and investments. George Washington was better able to serve his country because he was financially independent."
1. Receive, record and deposit FFA funds and issue receipts.
2. Present monthly treasurer's reports at chapter meetings.
3. Collect dues and special assessments.
4. Maintain a neat and accurate FFA Chapter Handbook: Secretary, Treasurer & Program of Activities Workbook or the computer software.
5. Prepare and submit the membership roster and dues to the National FFA Organization in cooperation with the secretary.
6. Serve as chairperson of the earnings and savings committee
Secretary "Stationed by the ear of corn"
"I keep an accurate record of all meetings and correspond with other secretaries wherever corn is
grown and FFA members meet."
1.Prepare and post the agenda for each chapter meeting.
Prepare and present the minutes of each chapter meeting.
Place all committee reports in the designated area
Be responsible for chapter correspondence.
Maintain member attendance and activity records and issue membership cards.
Keep the Program of Activities wall chart up-to-date.
Have on hand for each meeting:
Official FFA Chapter Secretary's Book including minutes of the previous meeting.
Copy of the Program of Activities including all standing and special committees.
Official FFA Manual and the National FFA Student Handbook.
Copies of the chapter constitution and bylaws
Reporter: Stationed by the flag.
"As the flag covers the United States of America, so I strive to inform the people in order that every man, woman and child may know that the FFA is a national organization that reaches from the state of Alaska to Puerto Rico and from the state of Maine to Hawaii."
1. Plan public information programs with local radio, television, newspaper and service clubs and make use of other opportunities to tell the FFA story.
2. Release news and information to local and regional news media.
3. Publish a chapter newsletter.
4. Prepare and maintain a chapter scrapbook.
5. Send local stories to area, district and state reporters.
6. Send articles and photographs to FFA New Horizons and other national and/or regional publications.
7. Work with local media on radio and television appearances and FFA news.
8. Serve as the chapter photographer.
Sentinel: "Through this door pass many friends of the FFA. It is my duty to see that the door is open to our friends at all times and that they are welcome. I care for the meeting room and paraphernalia. I strive to keep the room comfortable and assist the president in maintaining order."
Assist the president in maintaining order.
Keep the meeting room, chapter equipment and supplies in proper condition.
Welcome guests and visitors.
Keep the meeting room comfortable.
Take charge of candidates for degree ceremonies.
Assist with special features and refreshments.
"The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom."
Supervise chapter activities year-round.
Inform prospective students and parents about the FFA.
Instruct students in leadership and personal development.
Build school and community support for the program.
Encourage involvement of all chapter members in activities.
Prepare students for involvement in contests and awards programs.
Advisor: "stationed by the owl"
Sentinel "Stationed by the door
Skill Events- develop knowledge and build communications skills.
- evaluates livestock for market and breeding purposes based on the physical characteristics of the animal.
- evaluates the student’s knowledge of the production, processing and marketing of poultry and their products.
Farm Business Management
- develops business management skills and teaches students how to apply economic principles to agribusiness.
Meats Evaluation and
Milk Quality and Products
Prepared Public Speaking
Ag Issues Forum
Ag Technology and Mechanical Systems
Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management
Environmental and Natural Resources
Extemporaneous Public Speaking
Farm Business Management
CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
Advocating for agriculture!!!
South Shelby advocates for agriculture!
FFA members are the change!