FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The national FFA emblem, consisting of five symbols, is representative of the history, goals and future of the organization. As a whole, the emblem covers the broad spectrum of FFA and agriculture. Each element within the emblem has unique significance.
The cross section of the ear of corn provides the foundation of the emblem, just as corn has historically served as the foundation crop of American agriculture. It is also a symbol of unity, as corn is grown in every state of the nation.
The plow signifies labor and tillage of the soil, the backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our countries strength.
The owl, long recognized for its wisdom, symbolizes the knowledge required to be successful in the industry of agriculture
The rising sun signifies progress and holds a promise that tomorrow will bring a new day glowing with opportunities.
The eagle is a national symbol which serves as a reminder of our freedom and ability to explore new horizons for the future of agriculture.
The words "Agricultural Education" and "FFA" are emblazoned in the center to signify the combination of learning and leadership necessary for progressive agriculture.
Learning to Do,
Doing to Learn,
Earning to Live,
Living to Serve.
National Blue and Corn Gold
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.
Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. In Kansas City's Baltimore Hotel, 33 young farmboys charted a course for the future. They could not have foreseen how the organization would grow and thrive.
Since 1928, millions of agriculture students - no one knows exactly how many - have donned the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA creed. FFA has opened its doors and its arms to minorities and women, ensuring that all students could reap the benefits of agricultural education.
Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation's view of "traditional" agriculture and finding new ways to infuse agriculture into the classroom.
The Davis FFA is part of the Yolo Section which includes schools around Yolo County such as Woodland, Dixon and Esparto. The Yolo Section is part of the Central Region which includes schools all over the central valley. The Central Region is part of the California State FFA which is part of the National FFA Organization.
The Davis FFA was chartered in 1974, meaning the Ag Education Program was recognized by the National FFA Organization. Some of the first FFA members were Tim Biggar, Lorraine Roccho, Bill Swan, David Andrews, and Verdis Upton. Since its creation the Davis FFA has had a strong emphasis in Career Developments Events. The most participation has been in Vegetable Crop Judging, Ag Mechanics, and Agri-Science Fairs. The Davis FFA has also been heavily involved in livestock competitions at Yolo County Fairs. Davis has won the clean stall award in 1986, 1989, 1991, and 1992. Davis has also taken the gold Swine as well Sheep Chapter Groups.
The Davis FFA has received the Gold National Chapter Award in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Through our improvement and progress this year we hope to earn that title once again.
Written by E. M. Tiffany
Adopted at 3rd national convention
Revised at 38th and 63rd convention
I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words but of deeds--achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends on me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.