FFA provides one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for students across the United States. It’s not an extra-curricular activity, but an integral part of a well-rounded education.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way.
Some of our agriculture teachers have to fight hard to keep their agriculture and FFA programs in schools, when faced with budget cuts and other unfortunate circumstances.
You can help
Support FFA by joining the National FFA Alumni association. You can join, even if you were never a member yourself. Then, find ways that you can help your local FFA chapter and state FFA association. Maybe you can coordinate a local FFA chapter activity, or conduct a fundraiser? Maybe you could volunteer to help at your state FFA convention? Contact the National FFA Alumni Association, your state FFA Alumni association, or your local FFA chapter to find out how you can get involved.
Types of Membership
There are four types of membership within the FFA organization:
active, honorary, alumni and collegiate.
Active membership is given to those that are current students that are enrolled in a secondary agricultural education program. State associations may consider “secondary agricultural education programs” to be grades 7-12.
Honorary membership is conferred upon those individuals who have rendered outstanding service to FFA and agricultural education. The Honorary Chapter, State, and American FFA Degrees are limited at each level by a majority vote at regular meetings or conventions.
Collegiate members belong to FFA chapters at two-or four-year postsecondary schools and have an interest in the future of agriculture.
Alumni membership is open to former active members, collegiate and honorary members and other FFA supporters.
To become an active member and retain membership, a student must:
- While in school, be enrolled in at least one agricultural education course during the school year and/or follow a planned course of study; either course must include a supervised agricultural experience program, the objective of which is preparation for an agricultural career.
Show an interest in the affairs of the organization by attending meetings, striving for degrees of membership, and participating in other organized activities of the chapter.
- Pay all current state and national dues by the date determined by the chapter.
Display conduct consistent with the ideals and purposes of the National FFA Organization.
- A member may retain active membership until November 30 following his or her fourth national FFA convention after graduation from high school. For more information on active membership, take a look at the National Constitution and Bylaws, Article V, Section B.
Annual national dues are $7 for active members of which $2 is used to provide a year’s subscription to FFA New Horizons magazine. State dues in North Carolina are $5 and local chapters may also collect membership dues.