Mrs. Heather Carpenter, Instructor
What is FFA?
FFA: At the National Level:
The National FFA Organization is the largest student-run organization in the country and prepares students with an interest in science, business, and technology. Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, today the FFA is a widespread and diverse organization serving a half a million students annually. While the FFA certainly still serves students with an interest in farming, it is also provides opportunities in medicine, research, technology, the environment, business, communications, and leadership. FFA members are on the forefront of advances in science, have opportunities to grow through leadership, and can become proficient in public speaking and career-related skills through activities available throughout the year in FFA.
FFA: At The State Level:
The Mississippi Association of FFA is comprised of over 10,180 members and 180 chapters. Local FFA chapters are governed by the local FFA chapter advisor and chapter officers. A local FFA chapter advisor is a licensed agricultural
education instructor hired by the local school district. The local chapter is part of the public school system in the community and directly tied to the Agricultural Education classroom instruction. An FFA chapter cannot exist in a school or community without a licensed agricultural education instructor and an agricultural education program providing classroom instruction in agriculture at the secondary level.
FFA: At The Local Level:
FFA is one of the high school's largest organizations, Baldwyn FFA members participate in a wide range of activities ranging from the FFA land judging contests to more contemporary activities such as the Legislators and Sponsors Breakfast.
Baldwyn FFA members have the opportunities to travel, make money, and meet new people through annual activities, conferences, and conventions. A wide variety of scholarships are available to FFA members and the state and national levels and numerous awards and grants can be received by active FFA members.
Who Joins FFA?
The membership of the Baldwyn FFA is as diverse as the student body at Baldwyn High School. Our membership ranges from 9th grade to 12th students. Some members are from a farm but the majority are not directly connected to production agriculture. Many are college bound and gain valuable real-world experience (and valuable additions to their scholarship and university applications) through participation in the FFA.
What do FFA Members do?
FFA Members are among the most active students at Baldwyn are among the most active students at Baldwyn High School. Members can choose for themselves how active they wish to be in the organization. No student does every activity in the FFA - there are simply too many! Rather, students are encouraged to explore their own personal interests within the FFA.
Who leads the FFA?
Baldwyn FFA is run by a team of elected officers who oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. They are guided by the faculty advisor, Mr. Hamilton, who works to ensure that all decisions made by the officers reflect the best interests of the organization and its members.
On the state level, a team of high school graduates serve as state officers, guiding the work of the state association. They are elected by delegates from each FFA chapter in the state and are overseen by the state advisor.
Nationally, the FFA is divided into regions, each of which are guided by an elected National Officer and a National President. The National Officer Team is elected by state delegates at the annual National FFA Convention and are overseen by the National FFA Advisor, who also works as an administrator for the US Department of Education.