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Your FFA Program. Objective: Understand organizations available for students in animal science. What is FFA?. …an organization of high school students in agricultural education students from all 50 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico. FFA History. 1917 – Smith-Hughes Act.

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objective understand organizations available for students in animal science

Your FFA Program

Objective:Understand organizations available for students in animal science

what is ffa
What is FFA?
  • …an organization of high school students in agricultural education
  • students from all 50 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico.
1917 smith hughes act
1917 – Smith-Hughes Act
  • Named after a senator from Georgia.
  • Provided federal funding for Vocational Agriculture in public high schools.
1920 s future farmer clubs
1920’s Future Farmer Clubs
  • Virginia was the first
  • Boys only
  • North Carolina
    • Young Tar Heel Farmers
1928 future farmers of america
1928 – Future Farmers of America
  • FFA was established
    • The 1st convention was held in the Hotel Baltimore in Kansas City, Missouri
    • The first dues were 10 cents
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FFA History
  • 1930
    • FFA Creed is written by E.M. Tiffany
  • 1935
    • New Farmers of America (NFA) formed
    • For black students studying agriculture
new farmers of america
New Farmers of America
  • Organization for African-American males in high school agriculture classes.
  • Colors were black and gold
  • Found mostly in southern states
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FFA History
  • 1950
    • Public Law 740
      • Gave the FFA a federal charter
      • The law said that each school teaching agriculture must have an FFA program
      • Revised in 1998
        • Currently public Law 105-225
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FFA History
  • 1965
    • FFA and the NFA merge
  • 1969
    • Girls were admitted into the FFA
  • 1971
    • National FFA Alumni Association was founded
    • Founded for supporters of FFA, not necessarily former members
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FFA History
  • 1988
    • Future Farmers of America changes its name to the National FFA Organization
  • 1989
    • National Future Farmer Magazine changes its name to FFA New Horizons
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FFA History
  • The 1990’s
    • National FFA Center moves to Indianapolis, Indiana
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FFA History
  • 2013
    • National FFA Convention and Career Expo moves to Louisville Kentucky.
national ffa organization

National FFA Organization

Structure of the FFA

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National FFA Organization
  • FFA is a federally chartered organization for students interested in agriculture.
    • Levels of the FFA in North Carolina
      • Local Chapter
      • Region
      • North Carolina FFA Association
      • National FFA Organization
parts of a total agriculture program




Parts of a Total Agriculture Program
  • 3 integral components to an agricultural education program
    • Classroom/Lab Instruction
    • Supervised Agricultural Experience programs(SAE)
    • FFA

National FFA

North Carolina FFA Association

Southwest Region

Piedmont Federation

Crest FFA Chapter

national officer team
National Officer Team
  • Comprised of six student officers
    • President
    • Secretary
    • Four Vice Presidents
brian walsh
Brian Walsh
  • The current National FFA President.
  • He is from Virginia
dr steve brown
Dr. Steve Brown
  • Currently the National FFA Advisor
  • Employed by the Department of Education
north carolina state ffa officers
North Carolina State FFA Officers
  • Made up of six students from across North Carolina
    • President
    • Five Vice-Presidents
southwest regional ffa officers
Southwest Regional FFA Officers
  • Composed of at least six members from the region
    • At least one officer is elected from each federation
crest ffa officers

Ashley Lund

Vice President

Josh Stevens


Lisa Humphries


Blake Wilkey


Ryan Lancaster


Chris Rogers


Courtney Moore

Crest FFA Officers
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 agricultural education.
the ffa motto
The FFA Motto

Learning to Do

Doing to Learn

Earning to Live

Living to Serve

ffa official dress
FFA Official Dress
  • Males
    • Black Socks
    • White Collared Shirt
    • Official FFA Tie
    • Official FFA Jacket zipped to the top
    • Black shoes
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FFA Official Dress
  • Females
    • Black skirt of appropriate length or Slacks
    • White Collared Blouse
    • Official FFA Scarf
    • Official FFA Jacket zipped to the top
    • Black shoes
  • FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies
    • Rituals that emphasizes the beliefs of the FFA and explain the meanings of certain emblems.
  • Outlined in the FFA Student Manual
opening ceremony all in unison
Opening Ceremony- “All in Unison”
  • President:
    • “FFA members, why are we here?”
  • All members say:
    • “To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities and responsibilities, and develop those qualities of leadership which an FFA member should possess.”
closing ceremony the ffa salute
Closing Ceremony- The FFA Salute

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

ffa programs of activities poa
FFA Programs of Activities (POA)
  • It is a plan that that helps in setting goals and developing plans and steps to reach those goals.
    • Activities are determined by the student membership of the local chapter
    • Committees are appointed to look at different areas of the POA
    • Voted on by the total membership
career development events
Career Development Events
  • Individual or team competitions covering several subjects in agriculture and leadership
  • Builds career skills of FFA Members
speaking events
Speaking Events
  • Develop communication skills
    • Parliamentary Procedure –
      • Learn how to participate in business meetings.
    • Prepared Public Speaking –
      • Develop and deliver a speech on an agriculture topic.
skill events
Skill Events
  • Develop knowledge and build communications skills.
    • Livestock Evaluation –
      • Evaluates livestock for market and breeding purposes based on the physical characteristics of the animal.
skill events cont
Skill Events Cont.
  • Poultry Evaluation –
    • Evaluates the student’s knowledge of the production, processing and marketing of poultry and their products.
  • Farm Business Management –
    • Develops business management skills and teaches students how to apply economic principles to agribusiness.
proficiency awards
Proficiency Awards

Entrepreneurship or placement individual awards growing out of a students SAE program.

  • State FFA Convention
    • Raleigh
    • June
  • National FFA Convention
    • Louisville
    • Late October
north carolina ffa center white lake
North Carolina FFA Center (White Lake)
  • FFA Summer Recreational Camp
  • State Leadership Conference
other leadership events
Other Leadership Events



Social Events

Community Service

the ear of corn
The Ear of Corn
  • Provides the foundation of the emblem, just as corn has historically served as the foundation crop of American agriculture.
  • A symbol of unity, because corn is grown in every state in the nation.
the eagle
The Eagle
  • A national symbol which serves as a reminder of our freedom and ability to explore new horizons for the future of agriculture.
the rising sun
The Rising Sun
  • Signifies progress and holds a promise that tomorrow will bring a new day glowing with opportunity.
the plow
The Plow
  • Signifies labor and tillage of the soil, the backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our country’s strength.
the owl
The Owl
  • Long recognized for its wisdom, it symbolizes the knowledge required to be successful in the industry of agriculture.
words of ffa agricultural education
Words of FFA & Agricultural Education
  • “Agricultural Education” and “FFA” are emblazoned in the center to signify the combination of learning and leadership necessary for progressive agriculture.
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FFA Officers and Stations
  • President
    • Stationed by the rising sun
    • Presides of meetings
  • Vice President
    • Stationed by the plow
    • Calls the roll of officers, coordinates committees, and assumes the duties of the president in his/her absence.
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FFA Officers and Stations
  • Secretary
    • Stationed by the ear of corn
    • Keeps accurate records of meetings
  • Treasurer
    • Stationed by the emblem of George Washington
    • Keeps financial records
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FFA Officers and Stations
  • Reporter
    • Stationed by the American Flag
    • Informs and reports on events
  • Sentinel
    • Stationed by the door and the shield of friendship
    • Assist the President in maintaining order
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FFA Officers and Stations
  • The Advisor
    • Stationed by the owl
    • This office held by the agriculture teacher
  • Minimum of six officers
  • Additional officers may be established by the local chapter
    • Chaplin
    • Historian
ffa degrees
FFA Degrees
  • Discovery FFA Degree (Middle School)
  • Greenhand FFA Degree
  • Chapter FFA Degree
  • State FFA Degree
  • American FFA Degree
types of ffa membership
Types of FFA Membership
  • Active
    • Students in middle school, high school, and college (up to age 21)
  • Alumni
    • Former active members, parents of FFA members, and others interested in and supportive of FFA
  • Collegiate
  • Honorary
    • Local, state and national levels
ffa code of ethics
FFA Code of Ethics
  • FFA has established guidelines for member actions and behavior
  • All FFA members should follow the code and should use it as a guideline to live by.
  • This class uses the FFA Code of Ethics as its classroom rules.
ffa websites
FFA Websites
  • National FFA Organization
    • www.ffa.org
  • North Carolina FFA Association
    • www.ncffa.org