What is FFA?

"FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education."



Instruction:  FFA is all about fun and exciting activities as you discover the world of agriculture. Studnets learn from their advisor and spend some time in the classroom, but a lot of the instruction will take place outside of the classroom. Sometimes it can take place in a greenhouse, science lab, mechanic shop, or dealing with animals. There is a big difference between ag classes and regular classes. In these agricultural classes, students have the opportunity to to 'hands-on' learning. Students wont just have to write and do classwork, but you will also be able to experiment and explore agriulture lessons. Agricultural classes make learning fun!  


S.A.E.: When you first enroll in an agriculture class, you can start an SAE (supervised agriculutre experience) project. An SAE project is a project outside of the classroom related to agriculture and hands-on. One great advantage of having an SAE project, is being able to earn a lot of money! These projects can be very educational, but it is also very fun and gives you a great experience. 


FFA: At Santa Maria High School, once you are in an agriculture class, you are automatically in FFA. The FFA is one of the nation's largest youth organizations. In the FFA, there are chapter meetings, special projects, CDE (career development events or judging teams), public speaking, community service, the opportunity to develop leadership skills,  and discover hundreds of agriculture careers. Afterall, the FFA is fun and amazing!




Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:

         -Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)

         -Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (hands-on learning)

         -Student leadership organizations