2016-2017 Atwater High School Agriculture Department / FFA Staff
(left to right) Dave Gossman, Sam Meredith,
Natalie Borba, Kaylyn Davenport, Kim
Macintosh, Dan Flatt, and Shelby West.
The Agricultural Education
The agricultural education
program is built on the three core areas of classroom/laboratory
instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs and FFA
student organization activities/opportunities. The program is
designed for delivery through these three components as follows:
Classroom/Laboratory Instruction – quality instruction
in and about agriculture that utilizes a “learning by doing”
Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs – all
students are expected to have an agriculturally related work-based
learning experience while enrolled in agricultural education
FFA Student Organization Activities/Opportunities –
FFA activities are an integral part of the agricultural education
program that all agricultural education students should participate
in if they are to fully benefit from their enrollment in the
"Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve"
2017 Program of Activities
Additional Opportunities in FFA / Agriculture Courses
Would you like to see other parts of the world, visit a different
state or just see a different part of your state? FFA can take you
there. When you participate in FFA activities, you will travel to
other towns and states for conference tours and competitions. Your
FFA chapter will travel to district and state activities, national
meetings and conventions. FFA global programs give you the
opportunity to explore global agriculture, develop a worldly
perspective and become more culturally aware of the diversity in
agriculture around the world.
Once your supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program is in
place, you can earn money while you learn about agriculture. Take
the time to design an SAE that is right for you. Ask your
agriculture teacher to help you decide on your SAE. The
possibilities are nearly endless! In 2005, the total SAE earnings
for FFA members in the United States exceeded $90 million! That is a
lot of cash to save for college or to invest in your future!
Be Part of the Team/Family
A successful FFA chapter is all about teamwork. Your FFA experiences
as both a team member and a team leader will pay off throughout your
lifetime. FFA has over 100 individual and team events and
competitions. Find what you enjoy and join in! Agricultural
communications, biotechnology and veterinary medicine are just a few
of the many choices.
Serve the Community
Make a positive difference in your community. FFA members make their
schools and towns better places to live because they care. Growing
food for those who are less fortunate, restoring beautiful
landscapes in towns and leading farm safety clinics are examples of
community involvement that FFA chapters conduct. You can make a
positive difference in the lives of your friends and neighbors when
you join FFA.
What does success mean to you? Are you planning for an exciting
career? Are you hoping to save thousands of dollars? FFA can help
you make it happen and can provide you with the steps you need to
take to do so. There are more than 300 careers in agriculture, and
all you have to do is explore to find the one that is right for you.
Your teacher is a great resource to help guide you on your way! When
you join FFA, you will have the chance to look at yourself in many
ways, and success will be yours if you plan and work hard.
If you like to have fun, it is going to happen in FFA: barbeques,
field trips, dances and state and national events are all options.
So take the chance to try something new. Meet new friends and go
places you have never been before. It’s fun and exciting, and you
will be amazed with all you learn along the way.