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Greenhand Degree All First years can receive by December Components of Agricultural Education The FFA Purpose The purpose of the FFA is to develop: • Leadership • Recreation • Scholarship • Patriotism • Improved • Service Agriculture • Character • Cooperation • Thrift • Citizenship The FFA stresses three closely related areas: leadership, personal growth, and career success. Why earn IT? • Its an AWARD • Challenging • 1st step to earning Chapter and State Degree’s • Why Not? What’s Involved? • Must be Enrolled in Agriscience • Have an SAE • Have access to an FFA Manual and Handbook • Have learned the FFA Salute • Is Familiar with the FFA CREED What’s Left – Easy Stuff • Have Learned the Motto LEARNING TO DO, DOING TO LEARN, EARNING TO LIVE, LIVING TO SERVE. Have Learned the FFA Colors • As the Blue field of our nation’s flag and the golden fields of ripened corn unify our country, the FFA colors are . . . • NATIONAL BLUE AND CORN GOLD Have Learned the Emblem • The Cross section of the earn of corn • The Rising Sun • The Plow • The Eagle • The Owl • Agricultural Education & FFA What are the parts of the FFA Emblem? Have Learned FFA Code of Ethics • Dress Appropriately • Show Respect to Others • Be Honest • Respect Property • Refrain from Swearing • Demonstrate Sportsmanship • Attend Meetings Promptly • Take Pride in the Organization • Share your Experiences with Others Have Learned Proper Use of Jacket • Jacket worn only by members • Jacket kept clean & neat • Jacket worn on official occasions • Jacket worn to appropriate places • No other Insignia attached to Jacket • Always acts professional in Jacket • Members must refrain from tobacco or alcohol use while wearing jacket Learned Mission Statement • FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success through agricultural education. Do Understand FFA History • Began in 1928 with 33 gentlemen as The Future Farmers of America • E.M. Tiffany wrote the Creed in 1930 • Blue jackets adopted in 1934 • In 1965 “The Future Farmers of America” merged with the “New Farmers of America” • In 1969 Women were allowed in the organization • In 1988 the name changed to recognize the growth of agriculture & to encompass the more than 300 careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. • Today we have over 505,000 FFA MEMBERS! There is a lot of history with this Organization! THE ORIGINAL FFA FFA CREED I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words but of deeds-- achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years. FFA CREED I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny. FFA CREED I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil. FFA CREED I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends on me. FFA CREED I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.