FFA is an intercurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of three components of agricultural education.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
To accomplish its 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.
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.
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.
Promotes healthy lifestyles.
Encourages excellence in scholarship.
FFA AND UNITED COUNTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
United Country commits $150,000 to the FFA each year in scholarships and sponsorships. Approximately 40 scholarships are given to FFA members by United Country each year.
Below are comments from a few of the FFA scholarship recipients:
“I would like to sincerely thank you for sponsoring the Wildlife Production & Management Proficiency Award at the 2009 Oregon FFA State Convention. Without your contribution our convention would not be a success….” Grant G., Bend, OR
“I would like to thank you for the scholarship that you gave me. It is greatly appreciated and will help me become a real estate agent in the future. Your generosity means a lot to me and for that I am truly grateful….” Melany E., Schulenburg, TX
“I would personally like to extend my thanks for your contribution to the National FFA Foundation Scholarship Fund. This is the largest youth organization in the United States and, in my eyes, it is the best organization that young people have the opportunity to be a part of. This scholarship will help me pursue an associate’s degree in Agriculture Business with plans to be an Auctioneer. This scholarship would not be possible without your contribution…” Chance B., Cheyenne, WY
“Thank you for your support of the National FFA Organization scholarship program. I am enthused for one of my students to receive your scholarship to assist her in pursuing post-secondary education. I think you have made a wonderful investment in the future…” Wesley B. Agriculture Education Teacher, Lyon County High School, Eddyville, KY