FFA and the year of the farmer

Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.- FFA Motto

FFAYesterday started 2013’s national FFA week and even more fitting Ram trucks has declared 2013 “Year of the farmer”.

My high school didn’t have an FFA chapter, but I was fortunate enough having been able to participate in the neighboring school’s chapter.  FFA gave me the opportunity to grow as a leader and entrepreneur within the Ag industry.

So what is FFA?  Well FFA stands for Future Farmers of America and is one of the largest youth organizations in the country!  Established by a group of young farmers in 1928, the FFA organization was started to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.

Today, farmers make up only 2% of the US population of over 300 Million and many individuals involved in the FFA organization will be the ones that make up this 2%.

In 1940 the US farmer fed, on average 19 people.  Today, farmers feed on average 155 people.  Farmers are now faced with the largest challenge in history.  In order to feed the world, farmers will need to produce more food in the next 50 years than was produced in the last 10,000 years combined.

Did you know the Ag industry along supports more than 24 Million jobs throughout the United States?

These are just a few reasons the FFA organization has been implemented in schools throughout the country.  The FFA organization recognized that farming is much more than growing crops and raising animals; it’s a science, an art and a passion.   The organization not only teaches today’s youth the science behind the agriculture industry but the strength and leadership required to become successful in today’s industry.

So what does this have to do with Ram trucks?

I’m sure many of you saw the Super Bowl commercial featuring Paul Harvey, “So God Made a Farmer”.  Ram trucks has teamed up with FFA and declared 2013 as the “Year of the Farmer”.

Well what does that have to do with you?

As a matter of fact it has everything to do with you.  This campaign affects you, me, your family and mine.  We are all reliant on the Ag industry in order to survive.  This is an industry that puts food on our tables, clothes on our backs and a roof over our head.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, meat eater, organic only eater or locavore (consumer of local foods only), this campaign affects you.

Without Farmers and Ranchers, the world we live in today, well, it wouldn’t exist.

So I leave you with a challenge and a question.

How will you celebrate the year of the farmer?

I challenge everyone of you to share the video below in support of a great organization and nationwide campaign.  For every view the video receives Ram trucks is donating a dollar in support of Americas farmers.


“So God Made a Farmer”

2 thoughts on “FFA and the year of the farmer

  1. Great Post! FFA has greatly effected my life in so many ways and I am so glad to see your support for FFA week. So many of us take for granted those who provide our food and fiber. I am proud to celebrate the “year of the Farmer”.

  2. I was fortunate enough to be active in my FFA chapter all four years of high school. It is an amazing organization that teaches strong leadership and communication skills, and I learned many things that can be applied to my career. I strongly support the FFA and I look forward to what the “year of the farmer” holds.

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