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I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.

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Organizational Name: National FFA Organization;
Changed in 1988 from Future Farmers of America to reflect the expanding career field of Agricultural Education.

Founded: 1928

Current Membership: 490,017

Number of Chapters: 7, 210

Largest Annual Event: National FFA Convention
2006 Attendance: 53,071

Official FFA Colors:
National Blue and Corn Gold

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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.

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The Cross Section of an Ear of Corn serves as the emblem's foundation, just as corn has historically served as a foundation crop in American Agriculture. Corn is the symbol of unity because it is native to America and grown in every state.

The Rising Sun appears in the center of the emblem and symbolizes progress in agriculture and the confidence that FFA Members have in the future.

The Plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil, the backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our country's strength.
 
The Owl represents knowledge and wisdom that is necessary to be successful in the agricultural industry.

The Eagle is perched on top of the emblem and serves as a reminder of our freedom and ability to explore new horizons for the future of agriculture.

The words "Agricultural Education" surrounding the letters "FFA" indicate that FFA is an important part of the agricultural education program.