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 was the first occupation of man, and it embraces the whole earth, it is the foundation of all other industries." - E. W. Stewart

The Tulare FFA is currently in its 93rd 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.

Roger Hildreth

Roger Hildreth
Director of Agriculture Education

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

Welcome FFA Families

Tulare Joint Union High School District is committed to supporting our students in acquiring relevant skills and knowledge through meaningful learning opportunities to empower them to productively contribute to an ever-changing community. These experiences and opportunities are available to our students through the Tulare Agriculture Campus and our FFA program, which embody our district’s vision for our students. Being that we reside in the second most productive county in the nation, through our agriculture program and FFA, our students get to experience firsthand the importance of agriculture in our community, nation, and world. This experience allows our FFA students to excel in the three components of agriculture education and distinguish themselves as leaders. Our FFA program provides our students with the knowledge, experience, and confidence to make valuable contributions through agriculture, as well as other industries. It is an honor to serve as the superintendent of Tulare Joint Union High School District, and I take great pride in our award winning FFA program and the opportunities that we are able to provide our students.

Sincerely,

Lucy VanScyoc

Lucy VanScyoc
Superintendent

Two students welding the metal fence post
Front of the Tulare Agriculture Complex building
Two students shearing a sheep for wool
Students building inside a workshop
Students taking care of cows
Students shearing a sheep together
Four students giving a thumbs up and posing in front of cows
Student taking care of cows
Four students holding up certificates
Students and teacher wearing medals and posing together on a field trip