Well, it’s that time of year, again — it’s time to celebrate National FFA Week!
I’ve talked a lot about FFA here on our blog. I’ve talked about my experiences in the organization and how it benefited me. But I’m a farm kid — FFA was made for me, right?
Well, yes…kind of. I was the target audience, especially when the organization was founded back in 1928. But over the years, things have definitely changed. Fewer and fewer kids made plans to go back to the farm itself, but wanted to stay active in agriculture. Which is why, in 1988, the organization changed its name from Future Farmers of America to simply the National FFA Organization.
What does that means for kids today? You don’t have to be going back to the farm to join FFA. You don’t even have to be from a farm to join FFA. Heck, you might not even have plans (yet) to be in some agriculture-related profession after school.
What am I getting at here? The FFA isn’t just for farm kids like me — it’s for everyone and benefits everyone.
From leadership and public speaking skills to responsibility and ambition, FFA members gain more than their fair share of life lessons and accomplishments. No matter their background, or where they’re going, FFA can offer the world to students.
It offered the world to me.