Whether it was serving breakfast to area farmers, driving a tractor to school or taking on a community service project, you likely have great memories about National FFA Week. Now — starting Saturday — you have a chance to help ensure this annual event leaves a similar, lasting impression on today’s members of the National FFA Organization.
The weeklong tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA board of directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. It’s a time for FFA members, alumni, sponsors and community members to advocate for agricultural education and FFA and to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members.
This year, FFA members across the nation join together to focus on transforming purpose to action. FFA chapters plan events throughout the week, allowing them to communicate with the school leadership, the student body and the entire community and to demonstrate their passion for agriculture.
Some chapters host teacher appreciation breakfasts, others conduct Agriculture Olympics competitions and others reach out to the community through service projects. Here are a few ideas about how you can get involved and help ensure your local FFA chapter has a great week:
- Volunteer. Contact your chapter advisor. There’s likely an activity or project where a little extra help would come in handy.
- Participate. There’s no better way to demonstrate your support for youth in agriculture than by being there. Take an hour or two or an afternoon or evening to attend an FFA Week event or activity.
- Contribute. February 21 is Give FFA Day. Your donation will be used to support scholarships, chapter advisors or other needs within the FFA, including buying the iconic FFA blue jacket for those unable to afford one. Best of all, a generous donor has agreed to match all Give FFA Day donations.
Case IH is proud to support the more than 650,000 FFA members as they transform purpose to action Feb. 18 to 25. We encourage you to mark your calendar and plan to support youth agriculture and leadership in your community and across the country during National FFA Week.
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