FFA is the student organization attached to the Agricultural Education classes. You must be enrolled in an AgEd class and pay dues to be an FFA member. The FFA is a very active organization. Activities start in July with Alumni Camp and end in May with State FFA Convention. Members/ Students may compete in livestock shows, sporting clays, judging contests, or speech contests. The Poteau FFA has two yearly fundraisers that helps fund activities. FFA members may travel to leadership activities from Indianapolis to OKC.
There are activities and trips every weekend from August to May. A student may be as active or travel as much as they are willing to work. Judging practice is before and after school. Sporting clays practice is weekly after school in the fall.
Livestock shows are a major part of the FFA. Many members purchase or raise livestock. Few attend the fall fairs, most show in the spring. Animals are purchased from July to December. The major shows are in February and March.
FFA OFFICERS 2017-2018
PRESIDENT- Ashlyn Morris
VICE PRESIDENT- Walker Snapp
SECRETARY- Kaley Armstrong
REPORTER- Sarah Johnson
TREASURER- Jacob Branscum
SENTINEL- Wyatt Snapp
ADVISOR- Bryan Beshear
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.