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The FFA Creed. Alysa Sanford Topic # 0004. What is a creed?. Many have compared what the creed is to the FFA, to what the Pledge of Allegiance is to United State of America. Creed: A set of fundamental beliefs or guiding principles ( Merriam Webster OnLine ). History.

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the ffa creed

The FFA Creed

Alysa Sanford

Topic # 0004

what is a creed
What is a creed?
  • Many have compared what the creed is to the FFA, to what the Pledge of Allegiance is to United State of America.
  • Creed: A set of fundamental beliefs or guiding principles(Merriam Webster OnLine)
history
History
  • Written by E. M. Tiffany.
  • Adopted at the 3rd National FFA Convention.
  • Revised at the 38th and 63rd conventions.
    • Changes in FFA membership
    • Changes in the Agricultural Industry
the creed
The Creed
  • Can best be learned in five separate parts.
  • Several key terms highlighted in red.
  • Read with conviction and pride
the creed part 1
The Creed - Part 1

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 agriculturalist; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have com to us from the struggles of former years.

the creed part 2
The Creed - Part 2

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 can not deny.

the creed part 3
The Creed - Part 3

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect for 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 agriculturalists to serve our own and public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

the creed part 4
The Creed - Part 4

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 other 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.

the creed part 5
The Creed - Part 5

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 inspired task.

what it means part 1
What it means – Part 1

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 agriculturalist; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have com to us from the struggles of former years.

  • Faith in what is yet to come in agriculture, because of what is seen not only said.
  • The promise of new technology that will lead to a brighter future, even as the life we enjoy is better then the past.
what it means part 2
What it means – Part 2

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 and inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I can not deny.

  • Involvement in agriculture and related fields is a challenging and enjoyable life.
  • Those that share this lifestyle are bonded together with a common purpose.
what it means part 3
What it means – Part 3

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect for 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 agriculturalists to serve our own and public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

  • Importance of being leaders and respecting others.
  • Ability to work efficiently and with skill in order to produce and market the product of one labors.
what it means part 4
What it means – Part 4

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 other 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.

  • Less dependence on others and a greater ability to earn what is needed.
  • Giving to others when needed and a better life for all.
  • Working and living an honest and fair life.
what it means part 5
What it means – Part 5

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert and influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspired task.

  • American agriculture can sustain itself for future generations.
  • That each person has an influence on others around them.
what does it mean to you
What does it mean to YOU?
  • Which section means the most to you?
  • Will the FFA creed become your creed?
resources
Resources
  • 1998-99 FFA Official Manual
  • FFA Student Handbook (1991)
  • www.ffa.org
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