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Future Farmers of America
Mena  and Polk County Arkansas

Acorn FFA Chris Neel, Advisor
 Acorn Public Schools
Mena FFA Mike Collins,  and Brian Maye, Advisors
Mike Collins E-mail:  collinsm@mena.dmsc.k12.ar.us
Bryan Maye E-mail:  mayeb@mena.dmsc.k12.ar.us
 Mena Public Schools
479-394-1144
Mike Collins FFA Advisor Mena Arkansas
Mike Collins
Bryan Maye FFA Advisor - Mena Arkansas
  Bryan Maye
Van-Cove FFA Aaron Aubrey, Advisor
 E-mail:  aaubrey@hornet.dmsc.k12.ar.us
 VanCove Public Schools
Wickes FFA Monte Fain, Advisor
 Wickes Public Schools

Mission Statement

The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. 

Organizational Name: National FFA Organization;
Changed in 1988 from Future Farmers of America to reflect the expanding career field of Agricultural Education.

Founded: 1928

Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. In Kansas City's Baltimore Hotel, 33 young farm boys charted a course for the future. They could not have foreseen how the organization would grow and thrive.

Since 1928, millions of agriculture students - no one knows exactly how many - have donned the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA creed. FFA has opened its doors and its arms to minorities and women, ensuring that all students could reap the benefits of agricultural education.

Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation's view of "traditional" agriculture and finding new ways to infuse agriculture into the classroom.

Current Membership: 507,763

Number of Chapters: 7,439 in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

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.

Motto

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

The Agriculture Education Mission

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.


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Source of data:  Polk County Fact Book 2005 and Personal Interviews
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