INDIANAPOLIS -- The National FFA Organization will celebrate National FFA week Feb. 21-28, 2009.
Step Up, Stand Out is the theme this year, challenging FFA members to step up to responsibilities, stand out from the rest of the crowd and reach for success.
Nearly half a million FFA members across the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.
“Step Up, Stand Out is not only a way of life for FFA members, but it is also a call to action for all students,” said Paul Moya, national FFA president.
“Members recognize the importance of being active in their schools and communities, and FFA Week is a time to celebrate their leadership and educate others about agriculture.”
During the week, national FFA officers will travel to different regions in the United States to visit local FFA chapters, participate in special events and visit with their state legislators, and in some cases, their governors. Individual chapters plan a weeklong schedule of events to promote FFA and agriculture in their schools and communities. They use this time to plan community service and environmental awareness activities, outreach events for elementary-age children and appreciation programs for teachers and alumni. Chapters have the chance to participate in the National FFA Week Contest and the first place chapter is featured on the FFA Today television show.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one of every five Americans is employed in the critical food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture. Former FFA members and agriculture students are engaged in these essential careers
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Co. and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The Foundation helps secure support from business and industry for FFA and agricultural education, and it raises several million dollars each year for scholarships awarded to outstanding members pursuing higher education.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information. FFA Week materials, resources and logos can be found at ffaweek.ffa.org.