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Start an Agricultural Education Program in your Community      
To start an FFA chapter, you first begin by establishing an agricultural education program at your school. It’s even possible that a program once existed at your school and now is a prime time for relaunch. Learn more

The Three-Component Model      
Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
  • Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
  • Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
  • Student leadership organization (National FFA Organization).

The following groups work with FFA promoting local program success:

Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Association of Agricultural Educators (VAAE)
Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education
Virginia Young Farmer Educational Association

Agricultural education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, technology of plant and animal production and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems. Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Today, over 32,000 students participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades six-adult throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Team Ag Ed
Agriculture Education is comprised of several different groups and organizations. The groups listed below all influence agriculture education along with industry representatives.
Virginia Department of Education

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