“Future Farmers of America” was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to
prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. The Louisiana Association of
FFA was chartered two years later in 1930. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and
harvesting—it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art. FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to
meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests
in a broad range of career pathways.So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the
Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.
FFA is structured on three levels: local, state and national. At the state level, FFA is led by an Executive Committee composed of agricultural educators, industry leaders, and up to 10 student State Officers.
What do the letters “FFA” stand for?
The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America; however, in 1988 the official name of the organization was changed from “Future Farmers of America” to “The National FFA Organization” to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education program. To join the FFA you must be enrolled in an Agricutlural Education course in your local school. Contact your school’s counselor or Agricultural Education instructor to enroll in an agricultural class and join the FFA. FFA is not a “club.” It is one of three integral components of an agricultural education program: classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience and life skills. Students between the ages of 12 and 21 who are enrolled in a systematic course of instruction in agricultural education are eligible for membership. Your local school system must offer agricultural instruction and have an active FFA chapter for you to join.
If your school doesn’t have an agricultural education program, take steps to open a program in your school. In order to accomplish this task we strongly recommended that you contact your state agricultural education staff to express your interest and ask for assistance on regulations, requirements and resources for planning the new program.