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The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

To accomplish its mission, FFA:

  • Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
  • Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
  • Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
  • Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
  • Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
  • Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
  • Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
  • Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
  • Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles.
  • Encourages excellence in scholarship


The FFA motto gives members twelve short words to live by as they experience the opportunities in the organization. 

Learning to Do, 
Doing to Learn, 
Earning to Live, 
Living to Serve.

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 over 300 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.

National FFA Links
 • What is FFA?                           • Who We Are                 • National FFA History             • Agricultural Education            • FFA Brand Center                   • FFA Media Center                     • FFA Literacy & Advocacy 


National FFA Downloads
 • FFA Fact Sheet (PDF)                 • Delivery of the Mission (PDF)       • Three Component Model (PDF)  • Mission Presentation (PDF)        • FFA Strategic Plan (PDF)          • Explaining Mission (PDF)          • Pocket Card Template (Word)