The National FFA Organization was founded in 1928. Over 523,000 youth in the United States of America, Puerto Rico, and The Virgin Islands, are members of FFA. The National FFA Organization is structured on three levels, Local, State, and National. The Elsberry FFA Chapter is a local chapter of The National FFA Organization. If you would ask members of the chapter to describe what the FFA chapter means to them, many would say it is like a very big family, and you get to meet a lot of people. During contest season many members spend more time in the ag building then they spend at home. FFA is an organization that gives kids opportunities that they normally won’t have, like raising an animal to show at the county and state fair.
Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve
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.