The FFA is a dynamic youth organization that is an intracurricular part of agricultural education programs at middle and high schools. Founded as the Future Farmers of America, the name was changed in 1988 to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture. Today, student members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities, leading to over 300 career opportunities in agriculture. The vision of the FFA is to Grow Leaders, Build Communities, and Strengthen Agriculture.
Quick FactsOrganization Name: The National FFA Organization Year Founded: 1928Number of Chapters: 7,859 in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands2016-17 FFA Membership: 649,3355Largest Annual Event: The National FFA Convention2016 National FFA Convention Attendance: Approx. 65,000
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
Student leadership organizations (National FFA Organization)