Evelyn Bachman – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- When the National FFA Organization was founded 1928, its original name was the Future Farmers of America.
To encourage more people to join in 1988, they renamed the club to The National FFA Organization. The FFA organization has much more to offer than just agriculture.
The club appeals to people with interests in food, fiber and natural resources, as well as industries encompassing science, business, and technology in addition to the agricultural aspect.
“FFA is about leadership in a community. FFA can be for anyone and it provides real world experiences that you can’t get anywhere else,” said LRHS sophomore Talia Beltramea. “Since the name changed, it shows that FFA is for more people.”
The main goal of FFA was to develop thorough courses in vocational agriculture which was established by the Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act in 1917.
In the early 1920’s, the first Future Farmers of America club was formed for boys in Virginia. This idea spread like wildfire across the country and the first national organization was established in 1928.
The members get a chance to grow personally through all the different programs that it offers. They can develop their leadership skills and realize hidden potential.
Sophomore Kylie Karson said, “We have gone more widespread and we can reach more of the community,” said sophomore Kylie Karson. “We are expanding as the workforces do too. FFA is extremely beneficial as it gives us more opportunities and jobs in the field.”