FFA Activity Points FAQ
Hello parents and students of Lincoln FFA. This information Q and A was designed to help new students and parents understand the requirements associated with enrollment in a comprehensive Agriculture Program.
If you have visited this page, you probably have a question about FFA activity points, and how they are part of your student’s grade.
According to the California Department of Education and State Agriculture Education staff:
“Since 1917, with the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act, federal and state legislation has provided leadership for the implementation and improvement of agricultural education programs. The California Department of Education, the
Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the State Board of Education have strongly supported a comprehensive program of instruction in agriculture that integrates technical agriculture with strong academic foundations in core subjects. A successful agriculture education program must be based on three components: classroom instruction, Future Farmers of America (FFA) leadership activities, and Supervised Occupational Experience Projects. “
What is an “Activity” ?
Almost anything that will improve the student’s career skills. Almost any activity directly related to agriculture and leadership can count. Here are some regular examples from our chapter: Items in BOLD are offered during the school day.
- Visits to post secondary schools, such as: ARC Diesel Program, Sierra College CTE day, Chico State, Butte College.
- Visits to Industry, such as: Lancaster Burns, Sierra Pacific, local ranches or farms.
- Camaraderie and interpersonal communication builders (fun activities with a point): FFA movie night, ice cream social, meet the officers, CTE and Club activity lunch, Ginger bread house construction contest, recruitment activities, community engagement activities, up to two non-FFA related activities (sports, community service, etc.)
- Community service: must be related to the good of the community, not the student. This does not include fundraisers. Check with your advisor before submitting. Christmas canned food drive, road cleanup/adopt a road, many of these are student chosen.
- FFA fundraising activities (public communication and program advocacy, work ethic, planning, interpersonal communication): mattress sale, pig raffle, cowchip bingo, tractor auction, scholarship fundraising, Tahoe Cattlemen’s association dinner and jackpot show cleanup.
- Official business: FFA meetings (during and after school), committee meetings, executive board meetings.
- Leadership activities: OLE leader, farm tour guide, CDE contest (in and outside of class), project presentation to community, speaker at school board meeting.
Students receive information about upcoming events from their Agriculture teachers directly in class and more information and signups for events are offered at monthly FFA Meetings. You can also utilize the google calendar on this webpage, and students have a calendar in their AET acct. There is a large wall calendar in Room 2 and sign ups for events can be found in that room. Students and parents are advised to sign up for our Remind 101 acct to receive reminders on their phone.