By Shala Watson

Did you know you don’t have to be a farm kid to be in FFA?

The blue corduroy jackets are worn by rural and urban students alike. Because the blue and gold of the FFA embodies leadership and the desire to learn and explore.

And it’s especially highlighted during one week every year—National FFA Week.

Since the FFA was founded in 1928, it’s grown to nearly 650,000 members nationwide, encompassing members from diverse backgrounds.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the Texas FFA. With more than 115,000 members, it’s the nation’s largest FFA association.

FFA chapters are even present in 19 of the 20 largest cities in the U.S., according to the National FFA Organization. That shows just how far FFA has extended its reach, transforming the future one student at a time.

It engages students, promotes individuality and helps build lasting relationships.

The organization also helps members build invaluable communication and public speaking skills. It develops their leadership abilities. Sharpens problem-solving skills. And builds self-confidence.

The opportunities also spark passion and paths into careers that reach beyond farming, including food science, communications, horticulture, teaching and many other diverse fields.

FFA teaches students to meet challenges and helps them reach their true potential.

Do you know a student who might be interested in FFA? Encourage them to check out the Texas FFA Association.

They don’t have to own a pair of cowboy boots or a camouflage shirt. They just need a hunger to learn.

As FFA Week continues, be sure to let FFA members and agricultural science teachers know what an impact they have. You just might inspire someone along the way!

Shala Watson

Staff Writer

I was born and raised in the East Texas Pineywoods. I don’t have a traditional agricultural background. But I’m inspired by the hard working men and women who produce our food and fiber. I’m a small town girl just trying to bring a fresh perspective to ag journalism.

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