"I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds" — E.M. Tiffany
48 years ago, women were finally able to proudly state the FFA creed after joining what use to be an all-male organization. Although the decision was not an easy one, FFA and agriculture wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for the powerful women that have helped build the agricultural industry.
Today, females represent more than 45% of FFA members, along with almost half of state leadership positions. This past year, 5 out of the 6 National FFA Officers were women, which proves how far this incredible organization has come since 1969.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up and help its members to develop their unique talents and explore their interest in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. FarmHer sees the importance of the organization and is dedicated to giving 10% of the profits made from the FFA Collection in the FarmHer Market back to the organization. (Shop here)
FarmHer also had the opportunity to highlight the FFA organization through the TV Show on RFD-TV. Marji met up with the officer team to discuss their roles within the organization and how FFA has impacted their lives. Visiting the National FFA Officers added a different perspective to the FarmHer TV Show, which aired Fall 2016, and FarmHer was able to shine a light on the women who made up the officer team.
“FFA opened the doors to a whole new side of leadership and speaking roles,” said Taylor McNeel, past National FFA President.
As National FFA Week begins, remember how far the organization has come and how much we, as an agriculture industry, have to celebrate. FarmHer is proud to support the National FFA Organization and is looking forward to continuing to support members and alumni in the future.
Abbey Gretsch, past National Southern Vice President may have said it best:
“You meet some amazing people and it’s neat to see the connections you make. FFA and agricultural in general will follow you throughout the rest of your life”