Agriculture Creed


The Agriculture Creed is a provided speech, which is memorized by competitors and recited. Afterward, contestants answer 6 personal opinion questions about the Creed.

Rules and score sheets can be found here.

The Agriculture Creed As adapted from E.M. Tiffany*

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 working fairly with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that Ghanaian 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.

 

You can download a PDF of the Creed here.  The Agriculture Creed

*The Agriculture Creed modifications by 4-H Ghana 2016 are from E.M. Tiffany’s original work, commonly known as the FFA Creed.