What is FFA?
FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education: FFA, Supervised Agricultural Experiences, and Classroom Instruction. FFA develops members' potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which gives members the tools to achieve real-world success. FFA membership is open to students in grades 5-12 and college enrolled in an agricultural education course. Tennessee FFA activities occur on the chapter, regional, and state levels.
Tennessee FFA is comprised of:
- The Tennessee FFA Association-The 32,000 student-members and 247 chapters led by the Tennessee FFA State Officer Team.
- The Tennessee FFA Alumni and Supporters-The Alumni functions as a supportive resource to Tennessee FFA members at the state and local level.
- The Tennessee FFA Foundation-The Tennessee FFA Foundation raises funds and support for Tennessee FFA through individual donations, corporate partnerships, grants, and fundraising events.
- Tennessee Association of Agricultural Educators-Agricultural educators are the foundation on which our organization succeeds. The TAAE serves as a professional development resource to all agricultural education teachers across the state.
Why Agricultural Education?
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources industries. Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and career success.
The Future of FFA
FFA membership is at an all-time high, both in Tennessee and the United States. Tennessee FFA is the seventh largest state association in the country. As the global population continues to increase, FFA membership and knowledge of agricultural systems continues to become even more valuable.