About Iowa FFA

The Iowa Association is a youth organization of more than 16,100 student members as part of 248 local FFA chapters across Iowa. 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. The Iowa FFA Association was organized by delegates from 23 schools at Iowa State College on May 17, 1929 and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The Iowa Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to local agricultural education programs.

Board of Directors

The Iowa FFA Association Board of Directors is a concurrent board made up of nine student officers (state FFA officers) and nine adult board members. A final decision on every item of business must be made by both the student and adult boards in order for it to pass or fail.

State FFA Staff

The Iowa FFA Association State Staff coordinate day to day operations of the organization. The Executive Director and Programs Coordinator operate from the FFA Enrichment Center and the State FFA Advisor is the AFNR Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education.

The Agricultural 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.

Public Law 105-225

(formerly Public Law 81-740) 105th Congress Passed Aug. 12, 1998 - [H.R. 1085]

In 1950, the 81st Congress of the United States, recognizing the importance of the FFA as an integral part of the program of vocational agriculture, granted a Federal Charter to the FFA. In 1998, the 105th Congress of the United States reviewed and passed technical amendments. This shows through the revisions as Public Law 105-225.

Editors' Note: Public Law 105-225 is a revision of Public Law 81-740 which reflects technical changes. The essential elements of Public Law 105-225 have been reprinted here to provide local chapters with background information on the chartering of FFA through Congress. For legal purposes, the full text of the Law (including historical notes and reference to the Code) should be requested from the National FFA Advisor or refer to Title 36 of the United States Code.

A World of Opportunities

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that is a part of agricultural education programs at middle and high schools. Today, student members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities, leading to more than 235 career opportunities in agriculture. The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America; however, in 1988 the official name of the organization was changed from “Future Farmers of America” to “The National FFA Organization” to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.

Iowa FFA Governance

The agricultural education program provides a well-rounded, practical approach to learning through: classroom education, hands-on supervised agricultural career experiences and FFA.