FFA Creed

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

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. 

- E.M. Tiffany