Students throughout North Florida and across the country are joining together to celebrate National FFA Week. Although FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, the group welcomes youth who aspire to be teachers, scientists, doctors, business owners and more. Each year FFA chapters around the country celebrate FFA week. This tradition began in 1947 when the week of George Washington’s birthday was designated National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturalist.
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni, and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and the FFA organization. It is the time for the members to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impacts on member’s lives.
Area schools have a variety of events planned this week to help ignite a passion for agriculture. There are Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts scheduled as well as Agriculture Olympic competitions being held on the school lawns. Others chapters reached out to elementary schools and the community to share the message of agricultural education.