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The FFA: The Past, Present and You. STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES. 1. Explain how, when, and why the FFA was organized 2 Explain the mission and strategies, colors, motto, salute, parts of the emblem, and the organizational structure of the FFA.

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The ffa the past present and you

The FFA:The Past, Present and You

Student learning objectives


1. Explain how, when, and why the FFA was organized

2 Explain the mission and strategies, colors, motto, salute, parts of the emblem, and the organizational structure of the FFA.

3. Recite and explain the meaning of the FFA Creed.

4. Explain the purpose of a Program of Activities and its committee structure.

Objectives cont

Objectives cont.

5. List and explain the various FFA Degrees.

6. List the four types of membership.

7. Identify correct Official Dress (O.D.) for FFA members.

8. Explain the rules of wearing the FFA jacket.

Ffa history

FFA History

  • 1917 Congress passed Smith-Hughes Act

    • established agriculture classes

  • 1920’s Future Farmers of Virginia formed

    • Henry Groseclose-”Father of the FFA”

  • 1926 American Royal in Kansas City invited vocational agriculture students to judge livestock

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FFA History

  • 1928 Walt Disney draws Mickey Mouse for Kansas City Star

  • 1928 1st National Convention in Kansas City’s Baltimore Hotel

    1st President - Leslie Applegate

    1st Nat. Advisor - Dr. C.H. Lane

    Dues set at $0.10

  • 1929 Carton Patton 1st American Star Farmer

  • National Blueand Corn Goldofficial colors

Ffa history2

FFA History

  • 1930 FFA Creed Adopted

    written by E.M. Tiffany

    3rd national convention

    revised in 1965, 1987, and 1990

  • 1933 FFA Jacket adopted as official dress

Ffa history3

FFA History

  • 1939 National FFA Center located on part of the original estate of George Washington in Alexandria, Virginia

  • 1944 National FFA Foundation Formed

    non-profit fundraising part of FFA

    private donations fund awards

    Foundation raises $6 million annually

Ffa history4

FFA History

  • 1947 National FFA Band

  • 1948 National FFA Chorus

  • 1948 National FFA Supply Service Formed

    • Official Jackets

    • Awards

    • Anything FFA

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FFA History

  • 1950 Public Law 740 granted National FFA a Federal Charter

    FFA recognized as “intracurricular” part of the agriculture education program

  • 1952 National Future Farmer magazine published

    now called FFA New Horizon

  • 1952 Code of Ethics adopted

The ffa the past present and you

FFA History

  • 1955 FFA in Japan, Brazil, Columbia, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Thailand

  • 1955 International Student exchange programs begun can now travel to 30 countries

  • 1965 NFA merged with FFA

    • NFA (New Farmers) African American

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FFA History

  • 1969 Girls admitted to FFA

  • 1969 First Star Agribusinessman

  • 1971 National FFA Alumni founded

    support agriculture education

  • 1988 Name changed to National FFA Organization

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FFA History

  • 1988 Name of the organization was changed to National FFA Organization.

  • 1989 Name of The National Future Farmer magazine was changed to New Horizons.

  • 1999 National FFA Center moved from Alexandria, VA, to Indianapolis, IN.

  • 1999 The National FFA Convention was moved to Louisville, Kentucky.

Components of agricultural education

Components of Agricultural Education




The ffa purpose

• Recreation

• Patriotism

• Service

• Character

• Thrift

• Leadership

• Scholarship

• Improved Agriculture

• Cooperation

• Citizenship

The FFA Purpose

The purpose of the FFA is to develop:

The FFA stresses three closely related areas: leadership, personal growth, and career success.

Organizational structure

Organizational Structure

The ffa mission

The FFA Mission

  • FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.

The ffa degree ladder

The FFA Degree Ladder

  • Degrees recognize progress in leadership, agricultural education and your SAE

  • Greenhand Degree

  • Chapter FFA Degree

  • State FFA Degree

  • American FFA Degree

Greenhand ffa degree

Greenhand FFA Degree

  • Enroll in an agricultural education program and have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).

  • Learn and explain the FFA Creed, FFA Mission and Motto, and FFA salute. 

  • Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and FFA colors.

Greenhand requirements

Greenhand Requirements

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of the organization, the chapter constitution and bylaws and the chapter Program of Activities.

  • Own or have access to the Official FFA Manual and the Official FFA Student Handbook.

  • Submit a written application for the Greenhand FFA Degree.

Chapter ffa degree

Chapter FFA Degree

  • Received the Greenhand FFA Degree

  • Satisfactorily completed 180 hours (or the equivalent) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level.

  • Have an approved SAE in operation.

  • Enrolled in an agriculture course

  • Participated in the planning and implementation of at least three official FFA chapter activities.

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Chapter FFA Degree

  • Earned and productively invested at least $150, or have worked at least 45 hours outside of scheduled class time, or a combination of the two, through their SAE.​

  • Have developed plans for continued growth and improvement of their SAE.

  • Effectively lead a group discussion for 15 minutes.

  • Demonstrated five parliamentary law procedures.

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Chapter FFA Degree

  • Show progress toward achievement in FFA award programs.

  • Have a satisfactory academic record.

  • Submitted a written application for the Chapter FFA Degree

  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service activities

State ffa degree

State FFA Degree

  • Received a Chapter FFA Degree.

  • Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree

  • Have completed at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level, which includes an SAE.

  • Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or have worked at least 300 hours outside of schedule class time through an SAE.

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State FFA Degree

  • Demonstrated leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary law procedures, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member.

  • Have a satisfactory academic record, certified by the agriculture teacher and the school principal or superintendent.

  • Participated in the planning and implementation of the chapter’s Program of Activities.

  • Participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.

  • 25 hours of community service

American ffa degree

American FFA Degree

  • Have received a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree.

  • Have been FFA members for at least three years.

  • Have completed at least three years (540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours.)

  • Have graduated from high school one year prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded.

American ffa degree1

American FFA Degree

  • Have maintained detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial and financial skills.

  • Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs.

  • Have a record of outstanding leadership skills.

  • Have a record of participating in community service activities.  Updated Community Service Requirements

  • Have maintained a “C” grade average or better.

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American FFA Degree

  • American Star Farmer and Star Agribusiness (1 each from 4 regions)

  • All finalists receive European Tour

  • Highest Awards in FFA

Types of membership

Types of Membership

  • Active

    • enrolled in ag class, dues paid

  • Collegiate

    • 2 or 4 year college

  • Alumni

    • former members or interested people

  • Honorary

    • people who support FFA

What are the parts of the ffa emblem

What are the parts of the FFA Emblem?

Cross section of the ear of corn

Corn is a symbol of unity because it is native to America and is grown in every state.

Cross Section of the Ear of Corn

The rising sun

The Rising Sun symbolizes progress in agriculture and the confidence FFA members have in the future.

The Rising Sun

The eagle

The eagle is a reminder of our freedom and ability to explore new horizons for the future of agriculture

The Eagle

The owl

The owl represents knowledge and wisdom

The Owl

The plow

The plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil

The Plow

The words

FFA is an important part of the Agriculture Education Program

The Words

The emblem

Put it all together

Trademark of the National FFA Organization

Be Proud Of It

The Emblem

Ffa colors

FFA Colors

  • National Blue

  • Corn Gold

Identify the career developemnt events in which ffa members may participate

Identify the Career Developemnt Events in which FFA members may participate.

  • Livestock

    • Evaluation of breeding and market BEEF, SWINE AND SHEEP

    • Grading Frame Size

    • Grading Back Fat

    • Oral Reasons

  • Meats

    • Identification of Wholesale and Retail meat cuts

    • Placing of Cuts

    • Ribeyes

    • Carcass Grading

    • Hamburger Problems

    • Written Test

The ffa the past present and you

  • Electricity

    • Wiring

    • Diagraming

    • Floor Plans

    • Identification

    • Written Test

  • Nursery/Landscape

    • Identification

      • Plants

      • Pest

      • Equipment

    • Placing

    • Landscape Problems/Calculation

    • Written Test

The ffa the past present and you

  • Ag Business

    • Problems

      • Net Worth Statements

      • Depreciation

      • Break-Even

      • Substitutions

      • Partial Budget

      • Asset Allocations

    • Written Test

Ag leadership events

Ag. Leadership Events

  • Chapter Conducting

  • Farm Radio

  • Ag Issues Forum

  • FFA Quiz

  • Creed Speaking

  • Public Relations

  • Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Prepared Public Speaking

Ffa motto

FFA Motto

Learning to Do

Doing to Learn

Earning to Live

Living to Serve

Ffa salute

FFA Salute

  • Pledge of Allegiance

Ffa creed

FFA Creed

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.

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FFA Creed

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.

Ffa creed2

FFA Creed

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 won and public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

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FFA Creed

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 on me.

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FFA Creed

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.

Ffa creed5

FFA Creed

  • Written by E. M. Tiffany

  • Adopted at 3rd national convention

  • Revised at 38th and 63rd convention

Official dress

Official Dress

  • Girls

    • black skirt or slacks

    • white blouse

    • official blue scarf

    • black shoes

    • official jacket zipped to the top

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Official Dress

  • Boys

    • black slacks

    • white shirt

    • official FFA tie

    • black shoes

    • black socks

    • official jacket zipped to the top

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Official Dress

Proper use of the ffa jacket

Proper Use of the FFA Jacket

  • Only worn by members

  • Kept clean and neat

  • Only emblems, state, chapter, name and one office or honor

  • Worn on official occasions zipped up, collar down, cuffs buttoned

  • Only worn to places appropriate for members to visit

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Proper Use of the FFA Jacket

  • School letters etc. not worn on jacket

  • Discard when worn, remove emblems

  • Remove emblems if given away

  • Act like a lady or gentlemen when wearing the FFA jacket

  • No tobacco or alcohol in jacket

  • Degree, Office, Award (1 each) worn below name

Chapter officer positions and responsibilities

Chapter Officer Positions and Responsibilities

  • President-

    • Preside over meetings

    • Appoint Committees

    • Coordinate activities

    • Represent the chapter

  • Vice President-

    • Help the President

    • Coordinate all committees

    • Develop Program of Activity (POA)

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Chapter Officer Positions and Responsibilities

  • Secretary-

    • Chapter correspondence

    • Maintain member attendance and activity records

  • Treasure-

    • Serve as chairperson of the earning and savings committee

    • Prepare and submit the membership roster

Chapter officer positions and responsibilities2

Chapter Officer Positions and Responsibilities

  • Reporter-

    • Plan public information programs

    • Release news and information to news media

  • Sentinel-

    • Assist the president in maintaining order

    • Welcome guest and visitors

    • Keep meeting room comfortable

  • Jr. Advisor-

    • Provide guidance and wisdom

    • Assist in chapter planning

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