Tulare FFA Est. 1928
Tulare FFA 2020-2021 Officers posing for a group picture in their blue jackets

Welcome to Tulare FFA!

Our unique program is made up of three high schools: Mission Oak, Tulare Union, and Tulare Western all which make up TULARE FFA. Tulare FFA was chartered in 1928. Today, we have grown to seven teachers and more than 800 students from across the Tulare Joint Union High School District. Our program is housed on a 90-acre facility, 60 acres of which produces a variety of field and row crops. 

Much of the feed we grow supports our 100 head dairy, another great source of hands-on education for our students. Access to these amazing facilities allows us to provide our students with the chance to build real-world skills. Tulare FFA has a rich tradition of community support and student success.

We take great pride in providing our students with opportunities for personal growth and preparing them for leadership roles and career success through agricultural education.

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

FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.

Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers, and premier professionals in many career fields.

FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agriculture education.

FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.

FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.

Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Our members live the motto Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, and Living to Serve FFA members rise to the challenge of service embracing members of all walks of life united through FFA. We Are FFA.

A Message from the Tulare FFA Advisors

Welcome to the Tulare FFA Chapter,

Tulare FFA has helped students exhibit Premier Leadership, obtain Personal Growth, and pursue Career Success since its founding in 1928. Our former members have become leaders in our community, the agriculture industry, and our nation. Each student who enrolls in our agriculture courses, embarks on their own unique journey through the plethora of opportunities through the FFA program. Whatever your interests or passions are; you will find it here in the Tulare FFA Chapter. 

The National FFA organization is the largest youth organization in the world; comprising 700,170 members in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The three major components of Agriculture Education are classroom instruction, FFA Leadership and Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects which all provide opportunities for you to pursue your interest in the agriculture industry. The Tulare FFA officers and advisors are ready to guide you through the vast opportunities that await you in our program. 

This Program of Activities is a guide and outline of what awaits you in the Tulare High School Agriculture Program and Tulare FFA Chapter. It is an outline of the activities, programs and opportunities that will help you to develop an individualized plan for your agriculture education experience. Additionally, within these pages you will find a 99 year record of the achievements of the Tulare FFA chapter and its members. As a member of Tulare FFA, this history now belongs to you as well.

This year, the Tulare FFA Officer team has chosen the theme Breaking Barriers. We look forward to advising you to identify the barriers and watching you break them to find success in our chapter. One of the biggest barriers challenging us all is the COVID-19 Pandemic. The officer team and advisors have planned a year of activities to combat the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic; allowing you the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Tulare FFA Chapter. We challenge you to join the 800+ members of the Tulare FFA Chapter in Breaking Barriers.

Sincerely,
The Tulare FFA Advisors

A Message from the Director of Agriculture

Greetings,

"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute to real wealth, good morals & happiness."  - Thomas Jefferson

The Tulare FFA is currently in its 92nd year serving the communities of Tulare, Tipton, and Pixley. The Tulare Agriculture program is one of the premier agriculture education programs in the state of California with a history of both state and national championship speaking and judging teams and a curriculum that is based on experiential learning and making sure the students who leave our program have an understanding of and the skills needed to reflect current industry standards.

The Tulare Agriculture Campus houses the last full scale Dairy lab in the Western United States. This dairy lab provides students with first hand experiences in the management and day to day activities of an enterprise dairy. The campus also houses five acres of agronomy projects including both a sweet corn and pumpkin enterprise. The chapter also manages 60 acres of alfalfa and silage corn crops throughout the year.

The Tulare FFA and Agriculture Department is thankful to the community for all of the support it has provided throughout the years. Without the support of the Tulare agriculture community, we could not provide all of these opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed for students to take their next successful step after high school.

Daniel Dutto
Director of Agriculture Education

A Message from the Superintendent of Tulare Joint Union High School District

Welcome FFA Families

It is an honor to be serving as the superintendent of the Tulare Joint Union High School District (TJUHSD). A district that provides an excellent award winning FFA program. As a district, we commit to the vision and mission established by the board of trustees:

Vision: Our vision is that students will have the 21st-century skills and knowledge through meaningful and relevant learning opportunities to empower them to contribute to a global society productively.

Mission: Our mission is to empower all students to graduate with college, career, and life readiness skills.

I would like to take this opportunity to praise our successful FFA program in the Tulare Joint Union High School District. FFA members are taking an active role in building a future that meets their needs and helps them realize their aspirations. They are developing the leadership skills and confidence to help the world move forward with direction and purpose. The FFA program provides knowledge and experience so students can make valuable contributions through agriculture and other industries. The FFA program currently faces the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, it will continue to provide opportunities through activities that are safe and healthy. I know that the students will be up for the challenge.

Sincerely,

Tony Rodriguez

Tony Rodriguez
Superintendent