The National FFA Emblem
An ear of corn is also the symbol of the secretary, furthering the meaning of unity. Part of the secretary's duties require the correspondance with other secretaries "wherever corn is grown and FFA members meet."
The rising sun is also the symbol of the president. Beyond being the icon of a new era and opportunity, the rising sun represents leadership and its power to bring others "out of the darkness of selfishness and into the glorious sunlight of brotherhood and cooperation."
The plow is also the symbol of the vice president. Further emphasizing the importance of hard work, the vice president notes, "without labor, neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much."
The owl is also the symbol of the advisor. An important part of having knowledge and wisdom is understanding the needs of an individual and a situation and knowing if and when to share your advice. This is particularized by the advisor who offers advice, "from time to time, as the need arises."
The eagle clasps in its talons the American shield. The American flag is the symbol of the reporter. "Just as the flag covers the United States," the reporter strives to promote the FFA and inform the public of its opportunities and the accomplishments of its members.
The only officer not represented in the emblem is the sentinel. Symbolized by the clasp of friendship, the sentinel ensures that, "the doors are open to our friends at all times and that they are welcome."