Texas Future Farmers of America (FFA) is a dynamic youth organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. FFA is not extracurricular; rather, it is a three-part model of education that consists of:
- Classroom instruction
- Supervised agricultural experiences and
- FFA participation
Classroom agricultural education is applied to hands-on learning opportunities called supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). SAEs include activities such as starting a business, working for an established company or working in production agriculture.
FFA activities vary greatly from chapter to chapter, but are based in a well-integrated curriculum. Chapter activities and programs concentrate on three areas of the FFA mission: premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
- The Texas FFA Association was chartered in 1929
- More than one-third of Texas FFA members are female
- There are approximately 2,000 agricultural science teachers in Texas (2015-16)
- Ten state officers, high school seniors, are popularly elected annually by the delegates at the State FFA Convention
- The state FFA president and first vice president take a yearlong leave of absence from college to travel the state representing Texas FFA by visiting 400+ schools; traveling more than 60,000 miles.