Premier Leadership. Personal Growth. Career Success
About the Organization
Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers, and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. In Kansas City's Baltimore Hotel, 33 young farmboys chartered a course for the future. They could not have foreseen how the organization would grow and thrive.
Since 1928, millions of agriculture students - no one knows exactly how many - 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.
Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providigng a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation's view of "traditional" agriculture and finding new ways to infuse agriculture into the classroom.
Today there are 540,379 FFA members, aged 12-21, in 7,489 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 43% of FFA members are female; women hold approximately 50% of state leadership positions. 76% of our membership is Caucasian; 16% Hispanic, 4% African American; 2% Native American. 88% of FFA members are in grades 9-12; 7% are in middle school; 5% are high school graduates. 70% of FFA members live in rural/farm areas; 19% live in small towns; 10% live in urban/suburban areas. FFA chapters are in 18 of the 20 largest U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, and Philidelphia. The top five membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The 2012 National FFA Convention was host to 53,358 members, FFA advisors, and supporters.
*Statistic information was taken from the National FFA Organization's website.
Official FFA Jacket
National Blue and Corn Gold
President - Rising Sun
Vice President - Plow
Secretary - Ear of Corn
Treasurer - Emblem of Washington
Reporter - Flag
Sentinel - Door
FFA Mission Statement:
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal grwoth, and career success through agricultural education.
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands
one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I believe 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.
I believe 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.
I believe 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.
I believe 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.
I believe 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.
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.