“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Weyers Cave in Augusta County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Future Farmers of America

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By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2010
1. Future Farmers of America Marker
Inscription. One mile west at Weyers Cave on April 30, 1927, twenty-eight students of vocational agriculture formed the Future Farmers of Virginia which became the Future Farmers of America in 1928 at Kansas City. The organization has grown to include all of the states and Puerto Rico.
Erected 1971 by FFA — Future Farmers of America.
Location. 38° 16.517′ N, 78° 53.533′ W. Marker is near Weyers Cave, Virginia, in Augusta County. Marker is on Weyers Cave Road (Virginia Route 256) west of Airport Road (County Route 771), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weyers Cave VA 24486, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Caleb Bingham (approx. 3 miles away); Rockingham County / Augusta County (approx. 3.7 miles away); Battle of Piedmont (approx. 3.7 miles away); Piedmont Battlefield (approx. 3.9 miles away); Madison Hall (approx. 4.1 miles away); Port Republic Foundry (approx. 4.2 miles away); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 4 miles away); The Frank Kemper House (was approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ).
More about this marker. The picnic
Future Farmers of America Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2010
2. Future Farmers of America Marker
area next to the marker has been fenced off. Only the trash can remains a ways behind the fence.
Also see . . .
1. History of the FFA. “There has been considerable disagreement among Virginia teachers of vocational agriculture as to where the first Future Farmer of Virginia Chapter was organized. Rural Retreat claims to be the first chapter organized, although the Weyer's Cave Chapter possesses Chapter Number One. According to the constitution, a local had to be fully organized before applying for an official charter.” (Submitted on May 6, 2010.) 

2. “America We are the FFA”. (Submitted on May 6, 2010.)
Additional comments.
1. The FFA Creed
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.
    — Submitted May 6, 2010.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 6, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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