FFA Membership Swells to Record Numbers

FFA Membership Swells to Record Numbers

What will the future of agriculture hold? Judging by Future Farmers of America (FFA) membership, the outlook could be bright.

The National FFA Organization reports membership is at 629,367 students for 2015, which is up nearly 20,000 students from the year before and at an all-time high. The number of chapters is also rewriting the record books, with 7,757 chapters in 2015. There were 7,655 chapters in 2014.

Overall, FFA membership has climbed 20% from 2009-10, according to CEO Dwight Armstrong.

“FFA, through agricultural education, is preparing our youth to ensure the security of our country’s food, fiber and natural resources for years to come,” he says. “Through real-world experiences, the nation’s agricultural educators are helping students develop the technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities to be the industry’s leaders of tomorrow. FFA continues to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.”

According to FFA data, the top five membership states are:

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Missouri

FFA has chapters in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

What’s your fondest memory of FFA? Continue the conversation in the comments section below.

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Ed George
Lincoln, NE
3/2/2016 09:09 PM

  Nebraska has great opportunities for FFA growth based upon local school patrons support for Ag Education. Currently there are more schools wanting to offer FFA curriculum. I was awarded an Honorary FFA Degree for my volunteerism with hours of donating, writing and involvement writing a grant to Nebraska Environment Trust (NET). NET board awarded $200,000 soils grant for soils education training FFA students and Ag Educators through 150 FFA chapters. I have a nephew and two nieces who grew up on a York County Nebraska farmed by my brother and my dad. Those three youth are successful adults living the good life of Nebraska.


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