I asked our FFA Advisor if I could send them some questions about their FFA experience and also about running for State Officer. Here are a few of the questions/answers. I thought it was so awesome that Eastern Hancock High School had not only one candidate but two. I was a district officer years ago in FFA (no old jokes please) and always dreamed about what these gals are actually doing.
So here you go.. love these ladies answers and their enthusiasm towards the future of agriculture. And did I also tell you I just love these ladies!!
What is FFA? And when did it start?
Annalee-FFA is the largest student led youth organization in the world. It's intercurricular rather than extracurricular, meaning it works with the Agriculture Education in the classroom. The main purpose is to develop personal growth, premier leadership, and career success in students. It was started in 1928 by a group of young farm boys, and at that time was known as the Future Farmers of America. However, since then the name has been changed to simply the National FFA Organization. The acronym is still there; we just don't go by it anymore. This is because we want to represent agriculture as a whole, not just farming.
What does FFA mean today?
Leah- Many see FFA only for individuals who will be farmers, but we are much more than that. In 1988, FFA changed its name from Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organization to reflect the broader scope of our organization. FFA today is not just future farmers, but future entrepreneurs, scientists, and business people as well.
How did you get involved in the FFA?
Annalee- I got involved in FFA because it's a family tradition. My dad was an Ag teacher and FFA Advisor. My mom worked with State FFA Officers at the Indiana FFA Center and took me there often when I was little. I always knew I would be in FFA. It was a natural decision for me.
Leah-My Dad is our FFA advisor, so I have been around FFA for as long as I can remember. With that being said, it was natural for me to join FFA my 7th grade year. Even though I had seen the blue corduroy jacket transform the lives of Dad’s students, I never realized how it would change my life. I dove in during 7th grade, getting involved with many different aspects of the organization. I have continued my involvement and am so thankful for everything FFA has given me.
What impact do you feel FFA has on our community and EH?
Annalee-FFA impacts our community and our school because it impacts our students. When we encourage students to go outside their comfort zones and be leaders, our community and our schools benefit the most.
Leah-FFA has significantly impacted our community and Eastern Hancock. We are very fortunate to have a supportive community that allows Eastern Hancock’s FFA Chapter to thrive. Eastern Hancock is known for its competitive FFA chapter and I am fortunate to be a part of it.
What is the most important trait you have learned in your FFA Career?
Leah- FFA has taught many skills throughout my involvement. Hard work and diligence have both definitely been reinstated. I have had many successes and failures, but all have reminded me the benefit of hard work and never giving up.
I have learned the importance of humility. FFA gives you many chances to be successful, but you can't win everything. I've learned more from the times I've lost a contest than when I won. From FFA, I've come to the understanding that my place in the world is to help others, and that's the most important thing I can do. This maybe cliche, but I've realized titles and banners are meaningless if you don't have friends at the end of the day.
What year were the blue and gold jackets created?
Leah/Annalee-In 1933 the blue corduroy jackets were adopted. Members from the Fredericktown, Ohio, FFA chapter were wearing similar jackets at the National FFFA convention, which inspired convention delegates to adopt this blue jacket.
Will you be continuing FFA in College?
Annalee- I could definitely see myself being in collegiate FFA, especially since I'm majoring in Ag Communications and Ag Sales and Marketing.
Leah- I do plan on continuing my FFA involvement. I am going to Purdue and majoring in agriculture education. I hope to one day become an FFA advisor and get my own students excited about FFA. I also plan on getting involved with collegiate FFA so that I can give back to the organization.