FFA Then and Now

FFA Then and Now

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. FFA History 1917 Congress passed

Smith-Hughes Act established agriculture classes 1920s 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 1st National Convention in Kansas Citys 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 Blue and Corn Gold 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 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. 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 The FFA Purpose The purpose of the FFA is to develop:

Leadership Scholarship Improved Agriculture Cooperation Citizenship

Recreation Patriotism Service Character Thrift The FFA stresses three closely related

areas: leadership, personal growth, and career success. 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. Organizational Structure

N a t io n a l O r g a n iz a t io n S t a t e A s s o c ia t io n L o c a l C h a p te r You 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 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

Star Chapter Agribusiness Award outstanding business SAE State FFA Degree Active FFA member 2 years 2 years of agriculture Earn and productively

invest $1000 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 What are the parts of the FFA Emblem? 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

Electricity Wiring Diagraming Floor Plans

Identification Written Test Nursery/Landscape Identification

Plants Pest Equipment Placing Landscape Problems/Calculation Written Test Ag Business

Problems Net Worth Statements Depreciation Break-Even

Substitutions Partial Budget Asset Allocations Written Test Ag. Leadership Events Parliamentary Procedure Opening and Closing Ceremonies Creed Speaking Extemporaneous Speaking Prepared Public Speaking

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. The Rising Sun The Rising Sun symbolizes progress in

agriculture and the confidence FFA members have in the future. The Eagle The eagle is a reminder of our freedom and ability to explore new horizons for the future of

agriculture The Owl The owl represents knowledge and wisdom The Plow The plow is the symbol of labor

and tillage of the soil The Words FFA is an important part of the Agriculture Education Program The Emblem Put it all together

Trademark of the National FFA Organization Be Proud Of It 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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 Creed Written by E. M. Tiffany Adopted at 3rd national convention Revised at 38th and 63rd convention Official Dress Girls

black skirt or slacks white blouse official blue scarf black shoes official jacket zipped to the top Official Dress Boys

black slacks white shirt official FFA tie black shoes black socks official jacket zipped to the top

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 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 President

Preside over meetings Appoint Committees Coordinate activities Represent the chapter Vice President Help the President

Coordinate all committees Develop Program of Activity (POA) 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 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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