National FFA Organization
Since 1948, FFA has educated our nation’s middle and high school students about the science, business and technology of agriculture as well as helping them develop important leadership skills. Student officers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands participate in a continuum of leadership training, beginning with the BLAST Off! program. BLAST Off! helps newly elected state officers identify their strengths, define their personal philosophies, and develop individual growth while mastering public speaking and learning time management skills.
Riley Branch participated in BLAST Off! when he was a state officer from Texas in 2000, and believes that the skills he learned through National FFA’s leadership development program helped him succeed in college and will continue to help him throughout law school and in his future career. He is so strong a supporter of the program that he’s become a BLAST Off! instructor, teaching and mentoring today’s state officers.
Wherever FFA is, Farm Credit is there – locally and nationally – to support our youth.
“The role of a state officer provides a good preview into the corporate world,” he says. “ Of course some of the duties are different, but the management practices are similar – how to start and finish projects, how to balance different demands and how to handle a new situation or a new opportunity.”
Recognizing the importance of future leaders in agriculture, Farm Credit sponsors the BLAST Off! program as well as other key National FFA programs.
SUPPORT BY THE NUMBERS
Farm Credit Employees From Across the U.S. Support FFA and 4-H
For decades, Farm Credit has been a strong and consistent sponsor of both FFA and 4-H, both locally and nationally. Financial donations and volunteer support from Farm Credit reached an all-time high in 2010:
• $2,399,000: Amount the Farm Credit System, including local and regional Farm Credit organizations, donated to FFA and 4-H
• 16,362: Number of hours Farm Credit spent volunteering for local FFA and 4-H programs
• 55: Number of Farm Credit employees who participate on local, regional or national committees or boards