"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 changes the lives of young men and women all over the country, from Alaska to Puerto Rico and from Maine to Hawaii.
Every February, the organization celebrates another successful year of agriculture education with National FFA Week. All around the country, FFA Chapters are doing service projects, volunteering their time, helping others and teaching their community about agriculture. FFA members are advocating for the future of agriculture, spreading the good news of what young people are doing today within the growing industry.
For many FFA members, they're in FFA because their parents or older siblings were — it's a family tradition. Others join because their agriculture teacher signed them up for a Career Development Event. Some may have joined to enter the Agriscience Fair, the State FFA Band or Choir. Either way, FFA unites high school and college students who have a passion for agriculture.
Many students in the FFA will find the organization to welcome them with open arms, and they will find themselves becoming more involved each year. The people they meet at National FFA Convention, speaking contests, leadership workshops and officer trainings will become people they look to for advice, companionship and inspiration.
The members of the FFA organization are like a family. They grow as individuals together, build a team, create memories and experience so many new things together. Many members may say that they feel the most at home when they're in their blue jackets, talking to people they've just met.
Some people don't understand what the blue jacket means to FFA members, young and old. Anyone who has ever worn the blue corduroy jacket knows the sense of pride when one straightens their tie or scarf, zips up their jacket and tucks the zipper into the folds of the jacket; it may mean sitting up straighter, standing taller and just exuding excellence.
The blue jacket is a symbol, for many, the great memories agriculture education has given us. Whether it was competing in the Creed contest, becoming a chapter officer, showing at the county fair or attending the annual chapter banquet, the FFA has given members memories that they will never forget.
National FFA week allows FFA members from around the country to show their FFA pride, teach others why agriculture is important and help encourage others to support the FFA. Chapters may go into the elementary schools to teach young kids about agriculture, others may host a food drive to help the community. No matter where they are, communities big or small, the FFA chapter is there to lend a helping hand.
"Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve." The motto of the National FFA instills within its members the values of hard work and serving others.
■ 1929 — The official FFA colors were established — National Blue and Corn Gold.
■ With 7,358 chapters and 500,823 members nationwide, FFA is found in urban, suburban and rural schools.
■ More than 73 percent of members are from rural non-farm areas and urban and suburban areas, with the remaining from farming communities.
■ Collectively, FFA members earn more than $4 billion annually through their hands-on work experience