National FFA Week
By: FFA New Horizons
From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, agriculture is a part of our daily lives. More than 700,000 FFA members across the Nation will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week (Feb. 22-Feb. 29).
National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role FFA plays in the development of agriculture’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. National FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday.
The National FFA Board of Directors designated the weeklong tradition, which began in 1948, in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. A group of young farmers founded FFA in 1928, influencing generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it involves science, business and more. The organization’s mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.
Today, FFA continues to help the next generation meet new agricultural challenges, develop unique talents and explore a broad range of career pathways. Today’s FFA members are tomorrow’s future biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.
Check out these stats about agricultural education and FFA in South Carolina: