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Leadership Conference Updates

 The Leadership Development Conferences were all delivered directly to students this year, whether they experienced distance learning, classroom learning, or hybrid learning. 

Greenhand Leadership Conference registration was available to each chapter and packaged in a way that allowed teachers to fit the modules into their class plans and adapt to classroom or distance learning. Usually, this conference is held in thirty locations throughout the state. This year over 250 chapters have participated in the relaunched freshman program. 

Made for Excellence, aimed at sophomores, and Advance Leadership Academy, aimed at juniors, conferences were offered to students over three weekends in March with over four hundred student registrations for each weekend. These conferences provided connection via Zoom and were very well received by teachers and students.  

Change Makers Summit is scheduled two times this calendar year; once for outgoing seniors in April and August for incoming seniors.

Each conference will occur in person once travel is allowed and will continue to offer a virtual component. Virtual formats increase participation and inclusion for all California FFA members.

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Sectional Leadership nights were a new look at a traditional program. Typically, State Officers travel to a section within California FFA and meet with the affiliated chapters. This year the State Officer Team conducted virtual sessions with all 338 chapters over three months. The feedback has been positive and enthusiastic.

In March, the California FFA Foundation sponsored a fun run called 5K for FFA, which took place over eight days and encouraged students, families, and businesses to get outside and move. Special pricing for chapters lowered the cost to $10 per runner. The inaugural event included over 1,300 participants and 54 chapters.

The California FFA Foundation also supports scholarships for graduating students, judging for regional and state contests and awards for regional and state competitions.

The organization's website was redesigned this year and includes many resources for students and teachers, event updates, livestock insurance for animal projects, and a dashboard for ag educators with outstanding invoices, deadlines, and news.

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Agricultural education strives to maintain its status on the cutting-edge of rigorous classroom instruction, relevant skill acquisition and premier leadership development. Check out the expansive and evolving catalog of resources to generate new ideas, enhance curriculum delivery skills or identify new ways to engage in FFA and SAE activities.


Beginning in the early 20th century in California, agricultural education has a long tradition of preparing students for rigorous, satisfying careers both within and outside of the industry. As a school-based learning program, agricultural education operates as a unit within the California Department of Education and is written into the state’s legislative education code.


Rich in history with an eye toward the future, California’s school-based agricultural education program seeks to prepare all students for satisfying careers in and outside of the agriculture industry. The multi-faceted approach to growing the whole person includes a focus on character and interpersonal skill development, technical acumen and critical thinking capabilities.



From personal growth to career skill enhancement, the focus of California’s agricultural education events is always on the experiential development of the student. With activities ranging from local to national, the statewide organization offers a number of premier events each year that are suited to best meet the interests of an ever-diversifying student population.


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The mission of the California FFA Foundation is to promote, aid, and assist, financially or otherwise, California FFA to ensure the success of Agricultural Education by preparing tomorrow's agricultural leaders, today.




California FFA Foundation’s goal is to provide individuals, businesses, foundations, and others the opportunity to invest in the premier secondary Agricultural Education leadership development program in California: FFA. The Foundation provides award recognition for student projects, competitive team events, leadership development events, as well as leadership training conferences.