The Monroe Technology Center FFA Chapter was formed in 1977. “FFA, formerly known as "Future Farmers of America" was founded in 1928 by a young farmer’s group. “Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.
They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting-- it's a science, it's a business and it's an art. FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs too.” https://www.ffa.org/about/what-is-ffa/ffa-history
Congress mandated FFA in 1950 to be an integral part of Career and Technical Education. https://www.ffa.org/about/what-is-ffa/statistics FFA is a required part of the coursework and competencies of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources department in the state education system of Virginia https://sites.ed.gov/octae/tag/ffa/
“FFA is structured on three levels: local, state and national. At the national level, FFA is led by a board of directors and six student national officers. FFA programs are funded through sponsorships and private donations at the local, state and national level. National dues for each member are $7 per year.” https://www.ffa.org/about/what-is-ffa/constitution-bylaws
We invite you to visit the website for the national FFA https://www.ffa.org/Pages/default.aspx and the Virginia FFA http://www.vaffa.org/ where you will find the official FFA manual and important information regarding opportunities, events and very importantly, officer duties.
Each student in Biotechnology, Environmental Plant Science and Veterinary Science will automatically become an FFA member.