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ffa the basics

FFA – The Basics

Mr. Macheska



The national FFA emblem, consisting of five symbols, is representative of the history, goals and future of the organization. As a whole, the emblem covers the board spectrum of FFA and agriculture. Each element within the emblem has unique significance.

  • The Cross section of the ear of corn
  • The Rising Sun
  • The Plow
  • The Eagle
  • The Owl
cross section of corn
Cross Section of Corn

The Cross section of corn provides the foundation of the emblem , just as corn has historically served as the foundation crop of American Agriculture. It is also a symbol of unity, as corn is grown in every state of the nation.

the rising sun
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

The plow signifies labor and tillage of the soil, the backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our country’s strength.

the eagle
The Eagle

The eagle is a national symbol which serves as a reminder of our freedom and ability to explore new horizons for the future of agriculture.

the owl
The Owl

The owl, long recognized for its wisdom, symbolized the knowledge required to be successful in the industry of agriculture.

the motto
The Motto

Learning to Do,

Doing to Learn,

Earning to Live,

Living to Serve.

Written by Layton S. Hawkins in 1940

ffa colors
FFA Colors

As the blue field of our nation’s flag and the golden fields of ripened corn unify our country, the FFA colors of the national blue and corn gold give unity to the organization. All FFA functions and paraphernalia should proudly display the colors.


The Pledge of Allegiance is the official salute of the FFA organization.

interesting facts and statistics
Interesting Facts and Statistics
  • Chapters in major cities like NYC, Chicago and Philly
  • Members earned more than $4 billion annually through SAE’s
  • Over $1.9 million in scholarships in 2011
    • More than $34 million to date


how many members are in the ffa
How many members are in the FFA?
  • 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% is Hispanic; 4% is African-American; 2% is 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 Philadelphia.
  • The top five membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma.
  • The 2011 National FFA Convention was host to 53,358 members, FFA advisors and FFA supporters

In Delaware, there are more than

  • 8,600 agriscience students
  • 37middle school, high school and collegiate programs.
  • Delaware is reaching an all time high FFA membership of more than 4,200 FFA Members.
your 2013 2014 national officer team
Your 2013-2014 National Officer Team


your 2013 2014 delaware state officer team
Your 2013-2014 Delaware State Officer Team


your 2013 2014 chapter officers
Your 2013-2014 Chapter Officers
  • President: Taylor Dixon
  • Vice-President: Sarah McHale
  • Secretary: Allison Wheatley
  • Treasurer: Jenna Scuse
  • Reporter: Gabby DiRusso
  • Sentinel: Jared Zolper
  • Executive Committee: Heather Tolliver & Alison Sayer
  • Advisors: Mr. Shane, Mr. Davis, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Michaud
what are the parts of the emblem
What are the Parts of the Emblem
  • The Cross section of the ear of corn
  • The Rising Sun
  • The Plow
  • The Eagle
  • The Owl
what are the ffa colors
What are the FFA Colors
  • National Blue: for the blue field of our nation’s flag
  • Corn Gold: For the golden fields of ripened corn across our nation
what is the ffa motto
What is the FFA Motto?

Learning to Do,

Doing to Learn,

Earning to Live,

Living to Serve.

fun facts cont
Fun Facts Cont.
  • Agriculture is the nation’s largest employer, with more than 23 million jobs (17 percent of the civilian workforce) involved in some facet of American agriculture.
  • The National FFA Foundation has raised more than $232 million for the National FFA Organization since 1944.
  • Over 3,000 sponsors provided more than $16 million for FFA and agricultural programs and activities in 2011.
  • In 2011, 129 sponsors provided 1,590 individual scholarships worth over $1.9 million through the National FFA Organization.

To date, more than $34 million in FFA collegiate scholarships have been awarded to students pursuing higher education.

  • At the National FFA Convention and Expo, the exhibit halls utilize more than 225,000 net square feet, attracting more than 400 exhibitors and vendors.