HOW TO JOIN AG ED
FFA is an integral part of agricultural education. To join FFA, you must be enrolled in an agriculture course at your school. Contact your school counselor or agriculture teacher to enroll in an agricultural education program and join FFA.
Find an FFA Chapter Near You
Enrollment in an Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) education course is a requirement to be an FFA member. Click here to see our list of current approved Minnesota AFNR programs with FFA chapters. Looking to start a local AFNR program and FFA chapter? Learn more here.
FFA Membership Dues
Membership dues for the National FFA Organization are $7 a year. Of this total cost, $2.25 goes to the publication and distribution of FFA New Horizons, our national magazine. A subscription to the magazine is included in your membership fee.
Minnesota state association dues are $6. Local FFA chapters may charge additional dues for membership. These charges would be in addition to the $13 national and state dues, so your actual cost of membership may be more than $13.
FFA New Horizons
With your FFA membership, you receive four issues of FFA New Horizons, the National FFA Organization's member magazine. With entertaining and informative feature articles on everything from famous athletes and career spotlights to important FFA news, our award-winning magazine is a great resource for FFA members.
Minnesota's Quarterly newsletter highlights state and local events and can be found at: https://issuu.com/mnffa.
Career Advice, Hands-On Training
Do you know what you want to do after you finish high school? FFA can help you develop your skills and prepare you for that next step.
If you’re uncertain, FFA can help you determine which of agriculture's 300 exciting career options match your personal interests and skills. If you're like the 73 percent of today’s FFA members who already plan to pursue a career in agriculture, you know that there are options for almost any interest, whether you want to work indoors or outside, at a desk on in the lab, in the city or on a farm and with other people or on your own.
Even if you don't choose a career in agriculture, the skills and training you gain through FFA will lead to success in any industry. Minnesota FFA also hosts a one-week traveling conference, INTENSE, to help you find your perfect college fit.
FFA can help you become a leader. Through FFA, members strengthen their personal skills, learn to manage their time, discover how to respect themselves, and gain respect from others. Leadership skills are developed throughout the FFA program from a local FFA chapter's programs of activities; special local, state, and national opportunities and experiences; state leadership conferences and national leadership conferences and workshops and career development events.
FFA offers many opportunities for recognition at the local, state and national levels. You can even earn money for school through scholarships. Check out the Minnesota FFA Organization's programs and awards.
In 2017, the National FFA Organization awarded $2.7 million in scholarships designed to fit the diversity of our applicants.
Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are given for a wide variety of experiences, career goals and higher education plans.
The selection process takes into account the whole student - FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills and academics.
Learn more at www.FFA.org/scholarships.
The Minnesota FFA Foundation also provides scholarships through partnerships with generous donors. Learn more about the Minnesota FFA Foundation scholarships at http://www.mnffafoundation.org/.
How would you like to get paid for learning? Many FFA members start their own businesses or work for an agricultural company in high school. Some FFA members have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by the time they graduate from college by reinvesting their profits in their business.