FFA is an intracurricular 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. 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.
FFA is the premier youth development organization for agricultural education students that provides life-changing experiences for its members. Those experiences are driven by a strong mission and a compelling vision.
Telling our story to others is a critical to our continued success. As a result, the "Delivery of the FFA Mission" document was created to serve as a reference guide to help explain the what, why and how of delivering the FFA mission.
In FFA, 16 components define the three parts of the FFA mission. Together, these 16 components are called LifeKnowledge® – a process that brings real leadership lessons to life. FFA programs and activities are developed to advance the components of the mission.
FFA is a youth organization that advances agriculture through a variety of platforms. These platforms, or content areas, allow the mission to come to life.
Items in this area are what most people think when they think of FFA. These experiences bring the FFA mission to life for students on three levels: national, state and local.
The FFA experience is valuable to all students, regardless if they do or do not ultimately pursue agricultural careers. FFA members are both prepared to embark on a career in agriculture through opportunities available in eight different career pathways, and they are prepared for career success in another chosen field because the components of the mission become differentiating power skills. FFA members, regardless of future occupation, become informed and supportive consumers, leaders in building their communities and help strengthen agriculture.
The FFA mission is what we do. The FFA vision is why we do it. By delivering this process, FFA grows leaders, builds communities and strengthens agriculture.