National FFA week kicks off Saturday, as FFA members nationwide will observe its 75th anniversary. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.
“National FFA Week is an important week for members across the country, as not only do we celebrate the organization, but we share the message of FFA and agriculture,” says National FFA Advisor Dr. James Woodard. “FFA chapters across the country celebrate agriculture while thanking their supporters.”
Woodard also says FFA and agricultural education continue to play a key role in not only developing the next generation of leaders but also developing those who will be filling the ever-growing need in the talent pipeline.
The week, which this year runs from February 19-26, is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day.
George Washington is a role model for those in the National FFA Organization. Many of the founding members of FFA used the founding fathers as examples of character, culture and tradition. The week always runs from the Saturday to Saturday that encompasses Washington’s birthday.