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What is FFA?

The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America; however, it’s much more than farming. FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Do I have to be a member?  Can I still be in the class?

No, you don’t have to be a member, but we strongly encourage you to become a member.  Some of the benefits include: scholarships, meeting new people, traveling, learning leadership skills, and much more.  You are still able to stay enrolled in your agricultural science class even if you choose to not become a member.

How do I become a member?

Becoming a member is easy!  Just complete the Membership Application and pay your FFA dues by using the RevTrak system.

Do I have to raise an animal?

Absolutely not!  Raising animals is only one of the many opportunities that will come your way as a member.  If you would like to raise an animal, please contact your advisor.

What can I participate in if I become a member?

Your possibilities are endless!  From learning leadership skills to prepping for a career you are sure to find something that will peak your interest.  There are leadership development events (LDEs), career development events (CDEs), speaking development events (SDEs), opportunities for leadership with the livestock shows, Agriscience Fair, community service opportunities, and much more!

Are there scholarship opportunities?

Absolutely!  There are many scholarships available from both the Texas FFA and National FFA, but those aren’t the only ones.  Being a FFA member opens the door to a variety of local scholarships as well.

What is the difference between 4-H and FFA?
While many of the parts of FFA and 4-H are the same, they are two different entities.  4-H is a part of the cooperative extension service and is coordinated by local extension agents and club leaders.  While FFA is a part of the school district's agricultural science program, 4-H is a community organization.

Are there any jobs in agriculture?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at least 22 million people in the United States work in one of over 300 careers that exist in the field of agriculture.  While most people think of farming when the word agriculture is mentioned, there are agriculture-related jobs in the veterinary science, marketing, food processing, retail sales, and timber harvesting.  It is estimated that one in five people in the U.S. work in an agriculture-related job. 

Do you still have questions?  Just ask one of the FFA Advisors!


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