The National FFA Organization is recognizing National FFA Week – a time to celebrate FFA members. The organization is sharing with others the exciting story of providing the next generation of leaders who will change the world.

National FFA Week is a time for FFA members to host a variety of activities to raise awareness about the role the organization plays in the development of agriculture's future leaders as well as the importance of agricultural education. As part of the week-long celebration the organization will encourage members, supporters and others to share reasons to give to the organization Feb. 19 – Give FFA Day.

Give FFA Day is an annual 24-hour campaign encouraging the public to support various needs impacting FFA members. In 2018 the National FFA Foundation raised more than $161,000 in one day. This year’s goal is to raise $200,000. Members and supporters are being urged to share why they support FFA on social media by using #GiveFFADAy and to create their own fundraisers. 

Bella Culotta is just one story of how the organization has a global impact. As a senior in high school from Ithaca, New York, she joined the TST BOCES New Visions FFA Chapter. She quickly developed a passion for international agriculture and earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. She was selected for an eight-week internship in Nepal. There she worked on a solar-powered irrigation pump to improve the quality of life for those who live in the region. Now attending Cornell University, she's considering a double major in applied economics and management -- with a career ambition of being an agriculture development consultant. Her goal is to educate others on the global food system.

Culotta's story is just one example of how a year in FFA can change a young person’s life. National FFA is committed to offering programs to promote career preparation and leadership development, agricultural literacy, and teacher recruitment and retention.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career-success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the United States. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.