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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)




What has the FFA of South Dakota accomplished since 1944? What effect did World War II have on the organization and what has been its growth and development since this time? Does the state FFA chapter continue to grow with the national organization? It is the purpose of this study to get at least part of the answers to these questions. In 1945 Arlington Eddy submitted his thesis, “Fifteen Years of Future Farmer of America Progress in South Dakota 1929-1944.” This study is hereby presented to add to the information already given by Mr. Eddy and to bring the history of the South Dakota FFA up-to-date. Since World War II certain changes in the national FFA have been noted which in turn have affected state and local organizations. As an example, the creation of the National FFA Foundation has greatly increased the numbers of awards which are obtainable not only on the national level but also on the state and local chapter levels as well. The formation of the national FFA band and chorus has been brought about since the war, and here too, we find another time of activity which was not considered prior to 1947. Chapters have shown increased interest in extended tours, and it is felt that a statement regarding the types of trips conducted would be valuable and helpful. Also, the types of get-togethers: mixers or gatherings, which are held should be interesting and informative, therefore, a questionnaire was prepared and given to each agriculture instructor and the results tabulated. This information can be used as a guide for departments throughout the state. The changes in the State Constitution and Program of Work should be noted. Also of interest are the revisions in the state judging contests that have been made to bring them to the level of the national contests. The administration of the Vocational Agriculture program is greatly facilitated by organizing the departments into districts. It is well to note the arrangement of the districts and to compare those or 1945 with the present. The schools are placed in their various districts by the State Supervisor of Agriculture Education and greatly aid him in carrying out the phases of the program.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Future Farmers of America


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South Dakota State University


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