According to the National FFA Organization, its mission statement is "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." The National Organization includes 11 goals under this mission statement.
The organization offers students the 12-word motto "Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve." The intent of the motto is guiding members as they take part in activities in FFA.
The National FFA Organization accepts students grades seven through 12 in its membership. The organization designs programs to develop member skills and recognize their achievements. Students participate in events at the local, national and worldwide level. As a part of the recognition of student skills, FFA offers college scholarships.
The National FFA Organization traces its roots to Future Farmers of America, an organization formed in 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. The name "National FFA Organization," adopted in 1988, recognizes that agriculture consists of a variety of fields. As of October 2013, there were over 570,000 members of FFA. Collectively, these members earn more than $4 billion annually through the club's hands-on work activity. They have the opportunity to learn skills used in over 300 possible careers.