The Investment of an FFA alumni
February 14. 2014 6:00AM
Did you know that South Dakota has 79 FFA chapters that are an integral part of 79 high school Agriculture Education programs? Did you know that FFA programs are funded through sponsorships and private donations at the local, state and national level? Did you know that SD FFA Alumni members are key in helping these programs succeed? Did you know there is an organized SD FFA Alumni Organization to assist with local and state events?
FFA classroom activities include math and science as well as hands-on work experience and the development of life skills, helping students discover their career path and realize success while preparing them for more than 300 careers in the agriculture industry. Altogether approximately 3450 South Dakota FFA members further their education in producing, marketing and consuming food and fiber for the future. South Dakota currently recognizes students in forty-nine proficiency areas geared in communications and hands-on production, mechanics, natural resources and science/technology activities.
The ďFuture Farmers of America" organization was founded in 1928. The young farmerís mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They saw that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting-- it's a science, it's a business and it's an art.
Today, FFA continues helping the next generation of students rise up to meet those challenges. FFA and Ag Education programs are designed to help members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways include communications, landscape and gardening, crop and livestock production, agri-science, natural resources, floriculture, job interview, public speaking, parliamentary procedures and many more.
While the letters FFA still stand for the Future Farmers of America, 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. We are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.
The hands-on activities and Supervised Agriculture Experience program students take part in outside of the classroom not only expose them to future career opportunities but also enable them to invest in their future. Collectively, FFA members earn more than $4 billion annually through their hands-on work experience.
Preparing youth for the future ism key to ensuring tomorrow is a better place to be. Alumni aide teachers in making this happen. Increasing awareness of the global and technological world of agriculture and itsí contribution to our well-being, strengthening studentís confidence in their work and encouraging sound management of economic, environmental and human resources within their own communities is critical for our future. A strong and secure South Dakota FFA Alumni Organization provides resources to make that happen for your local community. Be part of building the future for South Dakota and your local community - become an FFA Alumni member, please contact Dawn Nagel South Dakota Alumni Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.