10 reasons why we need the FFA national organization

The Future Farmers of America (now National FFA Organization) was established in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri. Over the past 90 years, this organization has been a landmark for so many. He set a precedent for future leaders in the agriculture industry and supported students as they followed their passion for agriculture.

In recent years, the FFA has been questioned and harassed by militants. Their blatant misunderstanding and torment could lead to uprisings and equal harassment from FFA members defending their passion for their organization. However, instead of stooping to that level, let’s just remember why the FFA National Organization is so important and what it has done for millions of people interested in learning more about the agriculture industry and becoming responsible defenders.

Through tradition, an organized educational program and the dedication of its members and supporters, the FFA National Organization has impacted the lives of many.

Here are our favorite things about the FFA National Organization and why it is so important to the agriculture industry:

1. Provides Leadership Skills

As the nation’s premier school-based youth leadership development organization, FFA continues to help young people meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their unique talents and explore their interests in a wide range of career paths. When you hear someone has been involved in FFA, you know they have gone through preparation to become a good leader. As a pillar of the national FFA organization, student leadership is found in all aspects of the organization – from the local level all the way up to the national FFA officers.

2. Gives students a safe place to learn and live

FFA is a safe place for those looking for a place to fit in. For many students, FFA is their favorite part of curricular and extracurricular activities. They can find solace in friendships made, counselors, projects, and teachers. The FFA environment offers many different learning opportunities.

3. Career preparation

Although the FFA is certainly intended for future farmers, it is also for future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and many more. For example, through career and leadership development events, FFA members get a head start on their future careers by developing the skills needed to seek employment in their industry. The skills learned in FFA, such as public speaking and leadership development, will help you at every stage of your life.

4. The educational structure is unlike any other

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a life of informed choice in the global systems of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources. According to National organization of the FFA, “Today, more than 800,000 students participate in formal agricultural education programs offered from grade seven through adulthood in all 50 states and three US territories. When students are able to be their most authentic selves and learn by doing, they can reach their full potential.

5. It’s more than just a jacket

The FFA jacket represents a lifestyle of new opportunities, tradition, leadership, agriculture, commitment, pride, community service, social responsibility, sense of belonging and so much more. When an FFA member wears official dress, they are held to a higher standard – they are held to the FFA standard. The FFA jacket means many things to different FFA students, but it still represents the organization and the tradition it holds.

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6. Provides tradition to its members

The FFA National Organization has many traditions and a long history of being a crucial part in shaping the future of the agricultural industry. traditions like the FFA Credo and the symbolism of the organization is well known to its members. Also, the pride of wearing the FFA jacket at events and conferences are memories that alumni will always keep.

7. Friends that turn into family

When you ask many FFA members, they have found an FFAmily within their local chapter. For many, the long bus rides, competitive events and fun learning environment create a sense of family and belonging within this organization. You create memories with friends that you will remember for years.

8. Stimulates a competitive nature

FFA members quickly learn that you have to work hard to get what you want, even if you don’t win. FFA teaches you that while a loss may sting, you can learn many lessons from losing. After losing, your teammates will encourage you to use that as motivation to try harder next time and keep going.

9. Improves public speaking

Although often feared at first, public speaking is one of the most important skills the FFA teaches its young members. These skills eventually create confidence and poise in an individual. Whatever career students eventually pursue, their public speaking skills will be put to use.

10. Networking

With millions of former FFA members, the network of national FFA organizations is extensive. From celebrities to presidents, scientists and everything in between, FFA has ties to many different industries. These connections can be beneficial for internships, scholarships, and career opportunities.

So while some may question the need for the FFA National Organization, I think we need it more than ever. This organization is a safe place where students can learn and find their passion not only for agriculture but for many other industries and skills. Without this organization, many who work in the agricultural industry would not be where they are today.

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Virginia S. Braud