The Importance of National FFA Week
National FFA Week was started 73 years ago! In 1948, the National FFA Board of Directors decided to dedicate a weeklong tradition to recognize George Washington and his leader abilities, and example of being a farmer. During the week, FFA members take part in agricultural, leadership and service-based activities.
National FFA Week was on February 20 through February 27. FFA members all over the United States FFA chapters are celebrating the impact it has for them and share what FFA is all about.
Picture above: Emporia, Kansas FFA Chapter
During FFA Week, there are so many activities that members do and even host! Chapters are so busy doing different things and showing the public how FFA is so impactful.
National FFA has certain days planned out that chapters can do and implement their own way of doing things.
On Monday, it was Service and Advocacy Day. It is a day to use President’s Day to volunteer and help out the community and advocate for the agriculture industry. FFA Chapters can create a pen pal program with a local nursing home, make tie blankets, put together baskets for the community or even work on putting together a food box for the community.
On Tuesday, it was Alumni Day. Alumni play a key role in FFA chapters. They can be their biggest supporters as they know FFA played such a huge role in their life. It also creates a great network for current FFA members.
Wednesday celebrates Ag Teacher Appreciation Day. A chapter is not functional without a passionate and dedicated FFA advisor.
Pictured to the left: Gabriel Wrye, a FFA alumna from Illinois.
On Thursday, it was Give FFA Day. This is a day to give or encourage giving to FFA so the chapters can receive support to continue doing educational learning and activities. The 2019 Give FFA Day contributed more than $200,000 that was able to support 8,700 chapters across the country.
For Friday, everyone was encouraged to wear blue and show their FFA pride on National Wear Blue Day.
As these days are guided by National FFA, there are several other things FFA Chapters participate in.
Chapters will show appreciation for their school staff by providing a breakfast on Monday mornings or making small gifts for their staff. Some chapters even have days where their members can drive their tractors to school.
FFA chapters take a lot of pride in this week and also do a lot of prepping to have a successful FFA Week. National FFA Week is truly important to so many people and the building of our agricultural community.
Thank you to all the supports, advisors and Future Farmers of America on working on our next generation of students and most importantly, agriculture!