Welcome to Future Farmers of America
What is FFA?
FFA is a dynamic, intracurricular, student-led organization for young men and women enrolled in agricultural education courses in middle and high schools. Through participation in FFA, members practice skills in animal and plant sciences, mechanics, business, environmental conservation, and leadership.
In FFA, we accomplish three major goals:
- Growing Leaders - We prepare the future workforce for Louisiana agriculture and many other industries through real-world opportunities that challenge our members to lead by example.
- Building Communities - FFA members are civic-minded and active in their communities and exert a positive influence to improve the lives of their fellow citizens.
- Strengthening Agriculture - Agricultural education was the original STEM, integrating the latest in emerging technology into our curriculum to provide cutting-edge training to our students.
FFA is structured on three levels: local, state, and national.
- Local chapters are the heart of the organization, consisting of students in middle or high schools enrolled in agriscience courses.
- On the state level, each local chapter is given the opportunity to vote on important issues at the state convention. The association is led by an executive committee composed of eight agricultural educators and 10 student officers.
- The National FFA Organization is led by a board of directors composed of agriscience educators, university professors, state FFA staff, and six national student officers. The national organization sets the direction for FFA, offers leadership and professional development, and conducts recognition programs.
FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program. To join the FFA you must be enrolled in an agricultural education course in your local school. Contact your school’s counselor or agriscience instructor to enroll in an agricultural education 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 FFA. 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 agriscience instruction and have an active FFA chapter for you to join.