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.
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
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
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.
- E.M. Tiffany