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