July 2008
The Business of Farming

2008 National FFA Week, February 16-23, 2008

By Jacob Davis

2007-2008 State FFA Officers: (l-r) Leah Blalock, State Sentinel from Daphne; Melody Murrell, State Reporter from Red Bay; Scottie Hunter, State Treasurer from Billingsley; Brendon Boyd, State Secretary from Marbury; McKenzie Crabtree, State Vice President from East Limestone; and James Paul Bailey, State President from Sand Rock.
The Alabama FFA Association and the National FFA Organization will celebrate National FFA Week, February 16-23, 2008. The theme this year, "Blue Jackets/Bright Futures," embodies all the best about FFA members, from the most recognizable symbol of the organization, the blue corduroy jacket, a symbol of pride and tradition, to the bright future of agriculture and the traditions of leadership and hard work.

More than half a million members around the nation, including nearly 14,000 in Alabama, will participate in FFA Week activities at the local and state level. The focus of National FFA Week is to tell America about the great opportunities available in agriscience education for all youth. With its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Alabama FFA Association was chartered in 1929. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills and preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success. FFA members have opportunities to attend national leadership conferences, develop a supervised learning project, learn life skills and serve their communities with service projects.

Alabama FFA members, advisors and supporters who assembled for the state photograph at the 2007 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The State and District FFA Officers who attended the 2007 District Officers Leadership Conference in Columbiana.

Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, agriscience education and FFA are making a positive difference in the lives of students everyday. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. They are our future engineers, scientists, teachers and producers. Students may earn awards and recognition and educational scholarships to pursue their career goals.

One of every five Americans is employed in the critical food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture, and former FFA members and supporters serve in these essential careers. Today, more than 300 career opportunities are available to students through agriscience education. According to their mission statement, "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."

For more information about the Alabama FFA Association, visit their website at http://www.alabamaffa.org or the National FFA Organization’s website at http://www.ffa.org.

Jacob Davis is the Executive Secretary for the Alabama FFA Association.