The National FFA

National FFA Organization

Founded: 1928

Current Membership: 669,989

Number of Chapters: 8,360 in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands


In 1988 the FFA changed it's name from Future Farmers of America to National FFA to reflect the expanding career field of Agricultural Education.

What is FFA?

The agricultural science education program is built on the three core areas of classroom/laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA student organization activities/opportunities. FFA holds a federal charter. Two of the top three FFA executives are employed by the U.S. Department of Education.


FFA represents the relevancy to the core areas offering students opportunities that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Founded in 1928, the FFA organization represents a large diversity of over 300 careers in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. FFA is an integral part of a school system.


FFA uses agricultural education to create real-world success .Agriculture teachers become advisors to local FFA chapters, which students join. More than 7,000 FFA chapters are currently in existence; their programs are managed on a local, state and national level. Each chapter’s Program of Activities is designed with the needs of the students in mind. Activities vary greatly from school to school, but are based in a well-integrated curriculum. Chapter activities and FFA programs concentrate on three areas of our mission: premier leadership, personal growth and career success.


The FFA motto gives members twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization. 

Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

To accomplish its mission, FFA:

  • Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.

  • Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.

  • Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.

  • Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.

  • Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.

  • Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.

  • Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.

  • Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.

  • Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.

  • Promotes healthy lifestyles.

  • Encourages excellence in scholarship

FFA Motto

For more information visit:

The National Council for Agricultural Education

The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture.  The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for the FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.


Advisor: Daniela Oliva 




Advisor: Julie Callaway 



Advisor: Gretchen Flaherty  


Pioneer Valley

Advisor: Gabe Ponce 



Advisor: Miguel Guerra 


Santa Maria

Advisor: Marc Debernardi 



Santa Ynez 

Advisor: Heather Clement 


Arroyo Grande




Advisor: Rosemary Cummings


National FFA Organization Fact Sheet
National FFA Organization Fact Sheet


PO Box 1846, Buellton, CA 93427

(805) 688-7479

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