Agriculture and FFA
The Agriculture and FFA Program of Faith West Academy is open to students in 3rd – 12th grade. Students in 3rd-6th grade may join our Jr. FFA Program where they can raise a livestock animals or participate in livestock judging. Students in 7th -12th grade may begin taking Agriculture courses and MUST be enrolled in an Agriculture course in order to be in the FFA Program.
The agriculture and FFA programs work as a three-part model consisting of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experiences, and the FFA. Classroom agricultural education is applied to hands-on learning opportunities called supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). SAEs include activities such as starting a business, working for an established company, or working in production agriculture. The FFA provides members the opportunity for leadership experience and competitions, scholarships, and personal opportunities for involvement.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.
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At Faith West Academy, we have an agriculture program where students can select from a variety of courses in which to enroll. As a first year student in our program, everyone must take Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. From there students can take courses such as: Livestock Production, Equine Science, Advanced Animal Science, Principles and Elements of Floral Design, Horticulture Science, Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecology Management, Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technologies, and Agriculture Power Systems. The following items are available for use by the students in our program:
- Agriculture Mechanics shop with 4 arc welders, 2 MIG welders, and an oxy-acetylene rig
- Floral cooler for the floral design and horticulture students
- FFA barn that contains 4 large stalls for cattle and 13 small pens for lambs, goats, and hogs
- Two feed rooms for students to store all of their supplies
- A wash rack that has a large area for tie up spots plus 4 additional pens for hogs.
With the FFA program, our students are not just limited to raising livestock. Students can participate in LDEs (Leadership Development Events) which focus on creating situations for members to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, and communication. We also have CDEs (Career Development Events) that build on what is learned in the agriculture classrooms and encourage members to put their knowledge to practice. There are different speaking events, talent contest, and an AgriScience Fair.
FFA Booster Club
The FFA Booster Club offers parents a place to stay actively involved in the program along with our students. The Booster Club’s goal is to help support our students and raise money for them to receive scholarships, attend conventions, and participate in contests.
We are a part of the Waller County Livestock Show where students can show rabbits, chickens, turkeys, lambs, goats, pigs, or cattle. The Waller County Livestock Show is typically in the beginning of October, so students will raise their animals over the summer break. We also have the opportunity for students to compete at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. At HLSR, students can not only show livestock they can: participate in speaking events, floral events, wildlife events, art contests, and more!
Student must have completed one year as an FFA member and be enrolled in an Agriculture course. In addition, student also must have competed in a Leadership Development Event (LDE), a Career Development Event (CDE), shown a livestock animal, or served on the officer team.