These twelve words, strung together, create a motto that all rural members, urban members, FFA advisors and alumni live by every day. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) is an organization that prides itself on integrity and agriculture, however, the FFA is far more than just farming. Whether a person is working on a farm, performing community service, competing, learning, or running a business, FFA assists in the development of lifelong skills in today’s youth. While enjoying continual growth every year, the FFA is the largest youth led organization in America. The FFA’s mission is simple: to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
February 20-27, 2016, over 629,000 FFA members across the country, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, will be celebrating National FFA Week. National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni, and sponsors to advocate for agriculture and the organization that makes it all possible. It’s a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is; along with the impact it has on its members and society every day. Keep an eye out to see how your community celebrates this long lasting tradition, and see what you can do to be involved.
National FFA Weeks’ traditions run deep in the history of Montana. During the fifth National FFA Convention in 1933, Montana’s first national FFA officer, Robert Stewart of Miles City, proposed to have a National FFA Day. Fifteen years later in 1948, it gained more recognition and became known as National FFA Week. It has always been held from Saturday to Saturday the week of February 22. February 22 was chosen to pay respect to George Washington’s birthday, in order to recognize his legacy in farming and agricultural success.