FFA Facts
Code of Ethics
Creed
Emblem
Mission
Motto
Name
Official Colors
Official Dress
Salute

Code of Ethics

We will conduct ourselves at all times in order to be a credit to our organization, chapter, school and community by:
1.  Dressing neatly and appropriately for the occasion. 
2.  Showing respect for the rights of others and being courteous at all times. 
3.  Being honest and not taking unfair advantage of others. 
4.  Respecting the property of others. 
5.  Refraining from loud, boisterous talk, swearing and other unbecoming conduct. 
6.  Demonstrating sportsmanship in the show ring, judging contests and meetings.
7.  Being modest in winning and generous in defeat. 
8.  Attending meetings promptly and respecting the opinion of others in discussion. 
9.  Taking pride in our organization, activities, supervised experience program, exhibits, and the occupation of agriculture. 
10.  Sharing with others experiences and knowledge gained by attending national and state meetings. 
11.  Striving to establish and enhance my skills through agricultural education in order to enter a successful career. 
12.  Appreciating and promoting diversity in our organization. 

Creed

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 the 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 upon 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.

The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.

Emblem

 

 

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 rising sun signifies progress and holds a promise that tomorrow will bring a new day glowing with opportunity.
The plow signifies labor and tillage of the soil, the backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our country’s strength.
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 owl, long recognized for its wisdom, symbolizes the knowledge required to be successful in the industry 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.

(More information about the FFA Emblem from the National FFA)

Mission

"FFA is a national youth organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education."

Motto
Learning to Do.
Doing to Learn.
Earning to Live.
Living to Serve.
Name
 

The official name is National FFA Organization. Refer to the organization by the acronym FFA. Do not use periods within the acronym. The use of the name, Future Farmers of America, should be used ONLY FOR CLARIFICATION if at all and, in that instance, generally appears in parentheses.
Official Colors
As the blue field of our nation's flag and the golden fields of ripened corn unify our country, the FFA colors of national blue and corn gold give unity to the organization. All FFA functions and paraphernalia should proudly display the colors.

National Blue

Corn Gold

Official Dress
 

Female members are to wear a black skirt, white blouse with official FFA blue scarf, black shoes and official jacket zipped to the top. Black slacks may be worn for traveling and outdoor activities such as judging contests and camping.
Male members are to wear black slacks, white shirt, official FFA tie, black shoes, black socks and official jacket zipped to the top.
Proper Use of the FFA Jacket:
The FFA jacket is the most recognizable symbol of the organization. As a member, one of your responsibilities is to ensure its proper use. Specific guidelines are outlined below:  
1.  The jacket is to be worn only by members.
2.  The jacket should be kept clean and neat.
3.  The jacket should have only a large emblem on the back and a small emblem on the front. It should carry the name of the State Association and the name of the local chapter, district or area on the back and the name of the individual and one office or honor on the front.
4.  The jacket should be worn on official occasions with the zipper fastened to the top. The collar should be turned down and the cuffs buttoned.
5.  The jacket should be worn by members and officers on all official FFA occasions, as well as other occasions where the chapter or state association is represented. It may be worn to school and other appropriate places.
6.  The jacket should only be worn to places that are appropriate for members to visit.
7.  School letters and insignia of other organizations should not be attached to or worn on the jacket.
8.  When the jacket becomes faded and worn, it should be discarded or the emblems and lettering removed.
9.  The emblems and lettering should be removed if the jacket is given or sold to a non-member.
10.  A member always acts like a lady or gentleman when wearing the jacket.
11.  Members should refrain from use of tobacco and alcohol while wearing the FFA jacket or officially representing the organization.
12.  All chapter degree, officer and award medals should be worn beneath the name on the right side of the jacket, with the exception that a single State FFA Degree charm or American FFA Degree key should be worn above the name or attached to a standard key chain. No more than three medals should be worn on the jacket. These should represent the highest degree earned, the highest office held and the highest award earned by the member.

Salute

 

The Pledge of Allegiance is the official salute of the FFA organization. To properly conduct the salute, face the United States flag, place the right hand over the left part of the chest and, holding it there, repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
At the conclusion of the pledge, the hand should be dropped to the side and the members should again face the president's station. The salute should always be used in the official closing ceremony for meetings and at other FFA gatherings.
NOTE: Repeat the pledge as it is punctuated. There is no comma or pause following the word "Nation."