The Effingham County FFA Chapter is an intra-curricular organization for students enrolled in an Agriculture class or pathway at ECHS. ECHS FFA is the largest organization on campus with more than 200 members each year. Dues are $15 each year.
We hold meetings each month, generally on the first or second Thursdays. There are several Career Development Events (contests) that members can compete in as well as showing livestock. The FFA also attends different activities such as Greenhand Jamboree/Success Conference, State Convention, and FFA-FCCLA Leadership Camp.
Three different degrees can be earned through FFA while in high school. First, the Greenhand Degree is earned after the first year of Ag classes by meeting certain requirements. Second, is the Chapter degree. Earned after the Greenhand, the Chapter degree has a slightly more challenging set of criteria. After the Chapter, one can earn the State FFA Degree. Based on a member's SAE and participation in the FFA Chapter, the State degree is awarded at the State Convention in April. After the State degree is earned and a member has graduated high school, they can continue on and earn their American Degree which is given at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October. The American Degree is the highest award one can receive in the FFA.
Some common pricings for FFA:
Dues - $15
FFA T-Shirt - $15 (dues and shirt purchased together are $25)
Hooded Sweatshirts - $25
FFA Official Dress Jacket and tie or scarf - $75
Greenhand/Success - $40
Convention - $90
FFA Camp - $140 Deposit $40 is due March 15th
Jerky - $1/piece or $30/bag
All FFA dues, trips and items may be paid for or supplemented by selling jerky.
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