FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.

Born from the Future Farmers of America, The National FFA Organization renamed and expanded to reflect the ever-expanding opportunities of the agriculture industry. National FFA Organization members have countless paths in the agriculture industry. Whether it be global agriculture, food, fiber or natural resources systems, CareerSafe knows that each industry, path and career can necessitate the need for affordable, innovative and informative safety training. That's why, when a National FFA Organization member completes a safety training, CareerSafe donates to the National FFA Organization. Through this effort, CareerSafe helps offer safety training for America's future while giving back to future farmers. CareerSafe and The National FFA Organization are both supporting organizations of Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) that strive to uphold and foster SAY's belief statements and guiding principles for youth working in agriculture. SAY is a grant project to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth that is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food & Agriculture and catalyzed by CareerSafe and The National FFA Organization.

Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY)

Agriculture is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. The safety of youth working in agriculture should be paramount.
In 2013 the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project. For the past 6 years, organization leaders and partners alike have collectively improved the safety and health of young workers in agriculture.

Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) is a grant project funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth. For the funding period of 2017 – 2021, the SAY Project now consists of three funded projects that each focus on a different aspect of youth farm safety. The projects are housed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the Ohio State University and Purdue University and will respectively focus on the SAY National Clearinghouse Project (e.g., SAY Clearinghouse, curricula submission and review, and marketing), Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Instructor Training and YFSEC Youth Training.

The SAY project has made significant progress in implementing a national approach to youth farm safety education and certification. A SAY National Clearinghouse was created and populated with curricula that align with Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards. The National Steering Committee has helped to identify curriculum and testing gaps, certification needs, and industry recognized credentials.

Our Goals:
  1. Connecting & enhancing existing educational resources
  2. Develop a centralized location for relevant training and farm safety materials for formal (school) and non-formal settings
  3. Develop a national strategy that will enhance awareness, access & utilization of farm safety materials by youth & educators
SAY Belief Statements:
  1. Creating and promoting a culture of safety among youth working in agriculture is a primary goal for all stakeholders.
  2. All youth working in agriculture deserve protection from workplace hazards and risks that may be associated with agricultural worksites.
  3. Youth developmental principles are the basis for determining if and when a youth should participate in agricultural work.
  4. Supervision of youth performing jobs or tasks should be guided by professionally recognized best practices based on developmental stages of growth.
  5. Research and evaluation should guide development of safety and health best practice recommendations and guidelines.
  6. Evidence-based, culturally appropriate models should be utilized to educate about agricultural safety and health.
  7. Hired youth working on farms subject to Occupational Safety and Health Act enforcement should be informed of applicable rights to a safety workplace, training, personal protective equipment, and to ask questions or raise concerns about their safety.
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