Future Farmers of America (FFA)

  • FFA is an intra-curricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.  Agriculture is an integral part of our life and Ag/FFA classes are offered throughout the district to encourage students to participate and understand the importance of Agriculture in our lives.

    IN the CLASSROOM

    There are several pathways within the agriculture and FFA system.  The pathways include Leadership/Education, Animal Science, Plant Science, Small Gas Engines, and Welding.  These classes are not all offered at the feeder schools, and many are taught at Meridian High School at the MCTC.  For more information and complete list visit: Agriculture Course Pathways https://www.westada.org/Page/33206 

     Agriculture Education

    •  AG 410 Personal Skills Development (speech credit)
    • AG 475 Advanced Leadership in Agriculture & Marketing   
    • AG 550 Science of Food Production (dual credit)
    • AG 660 Consumer Economics/Agricultural Business and Economics (econ credit & dual credit)
    • AG 9800 Occupational and Career Experience (Cooperative Education and Land Laboratories)
    • AG 9900 Occupational and Career Experience (SAE and Summer Programs)

    Animal Science Pathway

    • AG 140 Introduction to Animal Science (required for all Animal Science classes)
    • AG 530 Zoology/Animal Science
    • AG 536 Zoology/Fish and Wildlife Management
    • AG 532 Zoology/Science of Animal Nutrition
    • AG 570 Equine Science I and AG 571 Advanced Equine Science II
    • AG 538 Small Animal Care
    • AG 590 Veterinary Assistant Internship

    Natural Resources/Plant Science Pathway 

    • AG 510 Botany/Plant and Soil Science (a prerequisite for Animal and Plant Science)
    • AG 518 Botany Range Science
    • AG 516 Botany Forestry Science
    • AG 514 Horticulture I/Botany  
    • AG 512 Horticulture II/Science of Plant Growth and Development
    • AG 335 Floral Design and Marketing  
    • AG 330 Landscape Design

      Small Gas Engines Pathway

    • AG 130 Introduction to Mechanics
    • AG 221 Introduction to Small Gasoline Engines
    • AG 223 Advanced Small Gasoline Engines I (dual credit)
    • AG 220 Advanced Small Gasoline Engines II

     Welding Pathway

    •  AG 210 Welding I
    • AG 211 Welding II
    • AG 231 Welding III/Agricultural Power Technology
    • AG 240 Welding IV/Agricultural Fabrication (dual credit)

    OUTSIDE the CLASSROOM

    Meridian FFA website:  http://meridianffa.theaet.com
     
    What does FFA stand for?

    The official name of the organization is the National FFA Organization.

    The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. Members want to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.  FFA is devoted to honoring our past and present society members who strive to make this world, nation, community a better place.

    Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

    FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.

    Activities in FFA are called CDE or Career Development Events. These events have a wide variety of activities and events that represent an extremely wide variety of skillsets that members possess.  It does not matter what your strengths are, there is probably something within the list that all students can participate in and improve necessary life skills.

    CDE events include:
    • Ag Mechanics      
    • Ag. Business
    • Ag. Communication
    • Ag sales and service
    • Agriscience Fair
    • Agronomy
    • Creed Speaking
    • Dairy Foods
    • Dairy Judging
    • Environment Natural Resources (ENR)
    • Extemporaneous Speaking
    • Floral
    • Food Science
    • Forestry
    • Horse Judging
    • Job Interview
    • Livestock Judging
    • Marketing
    • Meats Technology
    • Novice Parliamentary Procedure
    • Nursery Landscape
    • Parliamentary Procedure
    • Prepared Speaking
    • Rangeland and soils
    • Veterinarian Science

    These events and activities allow students to grow outside of school and present more opportunities than most students are able to participate in other areas.  Contests are held at different times depending on the CDE, but many competition CDE’s are held at the State Leadership Conference (SLC) in April or Mosco CDE’s in June. 

    There are twelve acting FFA Advisors within the West Ada district. Meridian High School is the magnet school for Agriculture.  The MCTC is where the majority of the higher level classes are taught and students can travel from their home schools to get the opportunity to increase their class options. 

    Practice times will be updated and announced on the Meridian’s Chapter website at: http://meridianffa.theaet.com