The Official Manual Guides the formation of each chapter’s activities As well as state associations and the national organization
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.
To accomplish the FFA Mission, FFA: Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
To accomplish the FFA Mission, FFA: Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career. Encourages achievement in Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs. Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
To accomplish the FFA Mission, FFA: Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction. Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism. Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people
To accomplish the FFA Mission, FFA: Promotes healthy lifestyles Encourages excellence in scholarship
Supervised Agriculture Experience Program SAE Helps you apply what you learn in class and FFA You design your SAE with the help of your parents and advisor Could lead to your career Earn Money
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
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
Code of Ethics FFA members conduct themselves at all times to be a credit to their organization, chapter, school, community and family. As an FFA member, I pledge to: À Develop my potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Á Make a positive difference in the lives of others Â Dress neatly and appropriately for the occasion
Code of Ethics Ã Showing respect for the rights of others and their property Ä Be courteous, honest and fair with others Å Communicate in an appropriate, purposeful and positive manner Æ Demonstrate good sportsmanship by being modest in winning and generous in defeat
Code of Ethics Ç Make myself aware of FFA programs and activities and be an active participant È Conduct and value a supervised agricultural experience program É Strive to establish and enhance my skills through agricultural education in order to enter a successful career À Appreciate and promote diversity in our organization