The National FFA Organization announced during its National Convention membership has jumped to 654,359 student members. Compared to last year’s record at 649,355 members the organization saw a sizeable jump.
The organization’s members range from 7th grade to seniors in any of the 8,568 chapters (compared to 7,859 chapters last year) in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The top five membership states, in order, are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri.
Active membership isn’t the only area FFA saw a boost—alumni membership now boasts 344,239 members in 2,051 chapters.
FFA was founded in 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. with 33 members and operates at local, state and national levels. The organization educates students on leadership and career skills, including STEM, both in and outside of school hours.
- 92% of chapters offer agriscience courses
- 71% teach advanced agriscience and biotechnology courses
- 59% include ag mechanics courses
- 49% offer horticulture courses
- 43% provide animal science courses
- 24% teach environment-related courses