What is FFA?

By: Tasha Cudinski

FFA stands for Future Farmers of America. FFA is a national agriculture organization founded in 1928. There are FFA chapters in schools across America and even a few chapters in Puerto Rico.

FFA has many contests relating to agriculture that FFA members are free to compete in. Most contests have three levels, regional, state, and nationals; contestants start by competing at regional level with other nearby chapters and then move on to state and eventually regionals if you place high enough.

Each FFA chapter has a leadership team made up of students in FFA. In order to be eligible for an FFA leadership position you have to be enrolled in at least one semester of an agriculture class per year. The job of the leadership team is to establish order, plan club activities and organize events such as agriculture day or ag day for short. In the case of a single chapter the leaders are chosen by the teacher(s) in charge, but for state or national leaders there is a choosing committee who decides which candidates would be best for the role.

Highland Park Senior High has an FFA chapter, which meets once a month on Wednesday. Anyone is free to show up to meetings and you do not have to join a competition to attend the monthly meetings. While FFA has competitions and our school does participate in them, the club meetings have fun activities like painting, and cookie decorating. FFA meetings are also used to give members, who are interested in competing, the chance to learn more about what competitions are available, and what times and locations they are taking place at.

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