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What is FFA and Why is it an Important Addition to the BCHS Curriculum

What is FFA and Why is it an Important Addition to the BCHS Curriculum

“The passage of the Smith-Hughes Vocational Education Act in 1917 not only provided federal funds to states for high school courses in vocational education (agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and trades and industries) – but it also led to the idea for an organization that is known today as the National FFA Organization.”*

Besides offering agriculture science classes within the high school setting, there are chapters formed that continue opportunities for students to learn and grow. Through their participation, members learn how to take part in meetings, follow parliamentary procedure, speak in public and cooperate with their fellow students. The organization was structured on three levels – local, state and national – with students starting their FFA experience by joining a local chapter at their school, where the agriculture teacher serves as the chapter advisor. As part of the larger program that is now called agricultural education, FFA members are encouraged to participate in all three components of the program:

  1. Classroom/laboratory work (through enrollment in agriculture classes)
  2. Membership in FFA
  3. Hands-on work experience through the supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program

“Today, the National FFA Organization is a premier youth leadership organization with 945,988 FFA members in 9,163 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.” The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Bradshaw’s FFA program has grown to four courses choose from in the 2023 year. We now have the following courses: Biology and Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Chemistry, Agriculture Leadership, and Intro to Agriculture for middle schoolers. These agriculture courses give students a unique opportunity to apply real world agriculture-based concepts in their classroom and be able to challenge themselves in the realm of leadership.

*quoted text is from an article on the National FFA website