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Introduction to the FFA By David Agnew Arkansas State University What would you say Suppose you are approached by a local radio or TV personality at the county fair and that person sticks a microphone in your face and they says so what is this organization you are with called the FFA Would you know what to say Do you know how to say it in a clear concise statement Would your students know how to respond Just The Facts The FFA is a national organization for students aged 12 21 who are enrolled in secondary agriculture education programs With over 450 000 students in public schools across the nation it is the largest student organization in the U S There are over 7 300 chapters in all 50 states including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands The FFA promotes scholarship develops leadership and helps students develop career and life skills Background Facts National Headquarters are in Indianapolis Indiana The national advisor is Larry Case Members pay dues National convention each year currently Louisville KY Local chapters have advisors who are teachers The organization was founded in 1928 Objectives 1 State the mission and purposes of the FFA organization and Agricultural Education 2 Describe how the FFA is an integral part of a secondary Agricultural Education 3 Identify the key historical events associated with the FFA 4 Describe the organization and operation of the National FFA Organization 5 Describe the organization and operation of the FFA in Arkansas Objective 1 State the mission and purposes of the FFA organization and Agricultural Education The Mission of the National FFA Organization FFA Mission The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership personal growth and career success through agricultural education Source National FFA website The Mission of Agricultural Education Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of



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