Future Farmers of America
One of the many goals of our Future Farmers of America program is to highlight the contributions and importance of agriculture in our area. To learn more about FFA, call Ruth Shepardson, 487-3547, ext. 236 or Bryce Grant, 254-6662.
What is FFA?
Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve. This is the motto of an organization that has almost a half a million members nationwide and 100 members in Mesa County. Members learn about agriculture and develop personal leadership skills which offer them opportunities to develop careers in agriculture.
FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Today, student members are engaged in a wide range of agricultural education, leading into over 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries. Student success remains the primary mission of FFA.
Mission: FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.
FFA focuses on developing these values in its students through activities such as raising animals to sell at the Mesa County Fair:
We accomplish these by teaching students these skills through their projects:
- Public Relations
- Community Service
- Teamwork and Cooperation
- Record Keeping
Each year 10-15 FFA Students and approximately 250 4-H Youth dedicate a portion of the year to raising animals for the Mesa County Fair. Throughout the year, these young people learn how to care for the animals and develop a base knowledge of animal agriculture and its importance in our society. Their project is brought to a close as they proudly display their animals for judging in the many shows that take place at the Mesa County Fair. Judges advise them on the quality of meat their animal will produce and their skills as a show person. Later in the week, these animals are sold at the Jr. Livestock Auction, where we are grateful for the community support shown each year. The money that the young people earn off their animals usually pays for the expenses as well as helps them get started on a project for next year, save for college, and to work towards other goals.
FFA is a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. FFA was created in 1928 as Future Farmers of America; the name was changed in 1988 to the National FFA Organization to represent the growth of agriculture. Today, almost half a million student members are engaged in a wide range of agriculture education, leading over 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. Student success remains the primary mission of the FFA.