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FFA Fun Facts:
How many FFA members are there in all 50 states?
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education.Today, there are 760,113 FFA members, aged
12-21, in 8,739 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. FFA members are in grades seven through 12 and college.
What happened FFA 1953?
Future Farmers of America is established in Kansas City, Mo. Leslie Applegate from New Jersey is elected first national FFA president. First sectional gathering of New Farmers of
America (NFA) members is held.
Who wore the first FFA jacket?
A small Ohio village has a big claim to fame: Fredericktown is the birthplace of the FFA jacket.Agriculture educator J.H. (Gus) Lintner commissioned a jacket for members of
the local FFA chapter to wear to the 1933 National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo., as part of their FFA band uniform.
What is the FFA motto?
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve
What is the highest degree an FFA member can earn?
The American FFA Degree is the highest honor awarded to FFA members who
have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant
accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experience.
What are the official FFA colors?
The official colors of the National FFA Organization are National Blue and Corn Gold.
What does the FFA Emblem stand for?
The rising sun signifies progress and holds a promise that tomorrow will bring a new
day glowing with opportunity.The plow signifies labor and tillage of the soil, the
backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our country's strength.
What does the FFA salute mean?
The Pledge of Allegiance.The Pledge of Allegiance is the official salute of the FFA
organization.
What are the 4 levels of membership in the FFA?
Active membership. • Alumni membership. • Collegiate membership. • Honorary membership.
How much were the first National FFA dues?
On November 20, 1928, thirty-three students from 18 states attended a meeting at the Baltimore
Hotel in Kansas City to organize what would be known as Future Farmers of America, or FFA.
National dues were set at 10¢ per member.

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