FFA

Who We Are

“Future Farmers of America” was founded back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting –it’s a science, it’s a business, and it’s an art.
River Valley FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.
So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers, and Future Entrepreneurs of America too.

Cows Not Required

6 Reasons Why Your Kid Should Participate in FFA
  1. Cows are not required. As the largest youth organization in the world, the FFA has something for everyone. Students come together locally, at a state level and at National FFA Convention.
  2. FFA is not 4-H. They are two strong, yet different, organizations. 4-H is offered through the cooperative Extension service, outside of school. FFA is part of a school’s agricultural education program. In addition to serving as the FFA advisor, an agricultural education instructor teaches an array of classes based on the needs of the community, such as plant and animal science, agricultural mechanics, biotechnology, and agricultural business.
  3. FFA is inclusive. All kids – city, town, rural, farm, shy, outgoing, athletic, and musical – are encouraged to join FFA.
  4. In the FFA, there are not cuts and there is no winning or losing record. But they are still actively a part of a team. It’s competition that teaches actual career based skills, through hands on learning.
  5. FFA students learn by doing. Supervised Agricultural Experiences provide experience in entrepreneurship, job placement, research, and home improvement.
  6. FFA members are tomorrow’s leaders. Even if you doubt your child will choose a career in agriculture, FFA teaches essential leadership skills that last a lifetime.
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