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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.

Meet the Instructors - FFA Advisors
Mrs. Natalie Borba  
Mrs. Davenport  
Mr. Dan Flatt  
Mr. Dave Gossman  
Ms. Kim Macintosh  
Mr. Sam Meredith  
Ms. Shelby West  
Mr. Jose Vargas  

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 Program

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” philosophy.

Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs – all students are expected to have an agriculturally related work-based learning experience while enrolled in agricultural education courses. 

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 program.

FFA Motto

"Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve"



2016 - 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.

Earn Money

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.

Have Fun!

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.


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