The FFA:The Past, Present and You Introduction to Agriculture
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.
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.
Components of Agricultural Education FFA SAEP Classroom
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.
What’s in FFA for You! • Become a Leader • Travel • Earn Money • Be Part of the team • Have fun • Be a winner • Serve your community • Make Positive Choices • Target Career Success • Learn in the real world
FFA Membership Benefits • Communication Self Image • Teamwork Goal Achievement • Competition Lifelong learning • Healthy Lifestyles Confidence • Personal Success Maturity • Goal Setting Leadership • Lifelong Friendships Self-Esteem • Pride Adventure
• 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.
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
FFA History • 1928 Walt Disney draws Mickey Mouse for Kansas City Star • 1928 Future Farmers of America was organized - 33 delegates from 18 states - Met at Kansas City’s Baltimore Hotel - 1st President - Leslie Applegate - 1st Nat. Advisor - Dr. C.H. Lane - Dues set at $0.10
FFA History • 1929 First official National FFA Convention • 64 Delegates from 18 States • Carlton Patton 1st American Star Farmer • National Blueand Corn Gold adopted as official colors
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 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 History • 1947 National FFA Band • 1948 National FFA Chorus • 1948 National FFA Supply Service Formed • Official Jackets • Awards • Anything FFA
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 - 1989 • 1952 Code of Ethics adopted
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
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
1988 Name of the organization was changed to National FFA Organization. • 1989 Name of The National Future Farmer magazine was changed to New Horizons. • 1998 National FFA Center moved from Alexandria, VA, to Indianapolis, IN. • 1999 The National FFA Convention was moved to Louisville, Kentucky. • 2006 The National FFA Convention was moved to Indianapolis, Indiana
Membership • 2007 – 2008 National Membership • 507,763 • 7,439 Chapters • 2007-2008 Ohio Membership • 23,364 • 305 Chapters
The FFA Degree Ladder • Degrees recognize progress in leadership, agricultural education and your SAE • Discovery • Greenhand Degree - Bronze Pin • Chapter FFA Degree - Silver Pin • State FFA Degree - Gold Emblem Charm • American FFA Degree - Golden Key of Achievement
Greenhand FFA Degree • For first year members • Knowledge of FFA History • Recite the Creed • Recite the Motto • Recite the Salute • Must be enrolled in Agriculture Ed. • Have satisfactory SAE plans
Greenhand Requirements • Have learned and can explain the FFA Mission Statement • Describe and Explain the meaning of the FFA Emblem and Colors • Understand the FFA Code of Ethics • Understand Proper use of the FFA Jacket
Greenhand Requirements • Familiar with the chapter constitution and bylaws • Familiar with the Program of Activities • Have access to the Official FFA Manual and FFA Student Handbook • Submitted written application for the Greenhand Degree
Chapter FFA Degree • Completed 2 semesters of agriculture • Have SAE program in operation • Earn and productively invest $150 or work at least 45 hours at SAE • Effectively lead a group discussion for 15 minutes • Demonstrate 5 parliamentary procedures
Chapter FFA Degree • Show progress towards individual achievement in the FFA award program • Have a satisfactory scholastic record • Star Chapter Farmer -outstanding production SAE • Conducted at least 30 hours of home improvement and/or community service. • Productively earned at least $3500 from SAE. • Placement only - $4,000 • Entrepreneurship only - $3,000
State FFA Degree • Active FFA member 2 years • 2 years of agriculture • Earn and productively invest $3500 or work 300 hours in an SAE Program • Perform 10 parliamentary procedures • Give a 6 minute speech
State FFA Degree • Chapter officer or committee member • Satisfactory scholastic record • Participate in the planning of the Program of Activities • 5 activities above chapter level • Degree Charm worn above name on jacket or on standard key chain
American FFA Degree • Highest degree • Active member for 3 years • 3 years of class • Graduate from high school at least 12 months prior to receiving degree • Outstanding SAE Program
American FFA Degree • Earn and productively invest $7,500 or earn and invest $1,500 and work at least 2,250 unpaid hours • Have a record of outstanding leadership abilities • Scholastic record of “C” or better • Golden key worn above name or on chain
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 • Active • enrolled in ag class, dues paid • Collegiate • 2 or 4 year college • Alumni • former members or interested people • Honorary • people who support FFA
The cross section of an ear of corn … … represents our common interest in agriculture.
The eagle... …is symbolic of the national scope of the FFA.
The rising sun... … represents progress in agriculture.
The plow... ...symbolizes labor and tillage of the soil.
The owl... … represents knowledge and wisdom.
...tell us that FFA is an important part... … of an agricultural education program. The words Agricultural Education surrounding FFA...
FFA Colors • National Blue • Corn Gold
FFA Motto Learning to Do Doing to Learn Earning to Live Living to Serve
FFA Salute • Pledge of Allegiance • “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”