The National FFA Organization, commonly known as FFA, is a distinguished youth leadership and educational organization in the United States, dedicated to fostering the growth and development of future leaders in agriculture and related fields. With a rich history dating back to its founding in 1928, FFA has evolved into a diverse and inclusive organization, welcoming students from all backgrounds interested in agricultural education. The National FFA boasts a robust membership, with more than 800,000 student members who are part of more than 8,600 local chapters nationwide.
GCSAA is engaged in several initiatives with national FFA, including exhibiting each year at its national conference, GCSAA staff participation on FFA committees and working with GCSAA-affiliated chapters and members to encourage the expansion of a Turfgrass Career Development Event (CDE) at the state level.
Engaging with local FFA chapters can be a rewarding experience, whether as an individual or as a chapter, if you are interested in connecting with teachers and youth who are interested in agricultural education and leadership development – FFA is for you. Here are some ways you can get involved with your local FFA chapter and their students.
- Contact your state’s FFA: If you do not have a contact with a local chapter, start by contacting a staff member at your state’s FFA chapter. He/she can locate and help you reach out to your nearest chapter. Find state staff.
- Reach out to your local chapter’s advisor. The advisor is typically a teacher or educator at the school. They can provide you with information about the chapter's activities, upcoming events, and opportunities for involvement.
- Volunteer as a Mentor or Speaker: Offer your expertise in a particular area of agriculture or related field by volunteering as a mentor or guest speaker during chapter events or workshops. Sharing your knowledge and experiences can inspire and educate FFA members.
FFA resources to help you connect with FFA
State Turfgrass CDE Example
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