Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be a member? Students are required to enroll in at least one ag class in order to be an FFA member
Is it only for farmers? NO! FFA is an organization that is dedicated to the growth and development of students through leadership training, career exploration and fun! In DeForest very few students are farmers (because there are not many left!)
How much are dues? Our chapter is an affiliated chapter, which means all students in FFA classes get membership free. Our FFA Alumni covers the annual cost for all members.
What is required of members? Simply stated-- as much as you want! We understand high school schedules-- therefore the only requirement for advancement within FFA is the Annual Banquet in May!
What is the point system? FFA members that participate in events can earn points! The top 10 point earners get a summer trip for FREE!
FFA membership is FREE to all students currently or previously enrolled in an Agriculture Course (from either Mrs. Boettcher, Mr. Engel or Ms. Ryan). This is a National FFA rule that we must follow.
Due to class loads some exceptions are allowed: 1. Freshman that didn't have room in schedule 2. Students who want to join in September but don't start a class until second semester.
To join FFA download and fill out the membership form!
All FFA events and meetings are optional but encouraged!-- there are no minimum requirements for attendance unless students would like to earn a degree (Greenhand, Chapter, State or American).
To see all that the FFA participates in click here. This is our Program of Activities or POA
FFA Facts to ponder:
Today, there are 760,240 FFA members, aged 12-21, in 7,665 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. FFA members are in grades seven through 12 and in college: 32% live in urban and suburban areas, 68% of FFA members live in rural and farm areas.
44% of FFA members are female; women hold approximately 50% of state leadership positions.
67% of our membership is White; 22% is Hispanic/Latino; 8% is Black/African-American or American Indian; and 3% Asian, Pacific Islander or two or more races.
5% of FFA members are currently enrolled in grades 7-8; 91% of FFA members are currently enrolled in grades 9-12; 4% have already graduated from high school and may be engaged in post-secondary studies.
FFA chapters are in 18 of the 20 largest U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.