My View From The Country

FFA Teaches Lessons That Get Better With Age

I’m a big fan of FFA and the opportunities it provides to its members.

Our local FFA chapter hosted its creed contest last week, as most chapters were off to Louisville, KY, for the national convention. Anyone familiar with FFA knows that the contest is a career development event, or CDE, in which FFA members in grades 7, 8, and 9 present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose.

 I’m a big fan of FFA and the opportunities it provides to its members. In fact, I’ve been a judge for several creed contests and have had the pleasure of watching my kids compete as well. I think it’s a great contest because it gets kids up in front of others, and teaches them to be confident and competent in speaking about agriculture.

As they always do, this year’s kids did a very good job in the competition, answering some questions that I thought were tough. In fact, I wasn’t sure how I would have answered one or two of the questions if I’d been asked and allowed no time to prepare or think about them.

I do have to admit, however, that I thought the FFA creed showed its age a little bit. I think it’s worded in such a way that it’s a little difficult to grasp some of the key concepts. After listening to the kids this year, however, I decided that it’s probably a good thing, as it forces the kids to think about life, agriculture, and the FFA organization in ways that they probably haven’t had to in the past.

I wish I would have better understood the opportunities organizations like FFA gave me at the time I participated. But it says a lot about an organization when you realize more and more of its value the longer you’ve been away from it.


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Backroad Country Girl (not verified)
on Nov 10, 2013

I agree that FFA is a great organization to be a part of and that it offers a lot of valuable life lessons that kids would not learn otherwise. To this day I still see how FFA impacted my life and how things that are done through FFA can also be used later in life. Not only do our SAE projects give us a sense of responsibility, but having to keep track of everything associated with that project in order to fill out the record books also gives one a glimpse at keeping track of their own life earnings and how it shows if one can afford to keep doing their project or if they have to give it up (or maybe just work harder in making the project more sustainable). These are all great life lessons that can further one's education and make an impact on future employers.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 12, 2013

Hey I'm an FFA member myself and am in fact an officer in my chapter! You are right FFA does help us in our future. Some of the CDE help get us out of our comfort zone talking to people. I use to hardly say a word now I'm an officer putting my input in to help further my chapter! :)

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 12, 2013

I was only in FFA my senior year of high school becuase I was in 4-H and thought they were they were the same thing. Little did I know, they weren't. I wish I would have been in FFA all through high school. I was a very acitve memeber my senior year and it taught me so much and can't imagine what it would have done for me if I was in it longer. I think its an awesome organization and everyone should experience.

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Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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