FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.
FFA is an extracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.
The official name of the organization is the National FFA Organization. The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change.
The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change. But FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.
Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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 agricultural 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.
The Nettle Creek Beef Project
In partnership with the Hagerstown FFA chapter, the Animal Science classes at Hagerstown Jr./Sr, High School are raising feeder steers to fill the cafeteria freezers. The FFA chapter harvest corn off of the school crop plot to place on grain bank at our local Harvest Land elevator. Working with Kalmbach feeds in Pershing, students are able to create a ration that allows our cattle to grow and maintain the proper nutritional levels needed. The animal science classes are the workforce behind the operation, feeding, weighing, and checking cattle and maintaining the property on a daily/weekly basis. We feel this project brings our community together and provides our students with great agriculture knowledge knowing where their food comes from.