The National FFA Organization says membership reached a record high as interest in its programs and agricultural education continues to grow. The organization, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, says this year’s student membership totaled more than 850,000, an increase of 15% from last year.
The top five student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Additionally, the FFA says chapter numbers increased by 178, resulting in nearly 9,000 chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Our FFA members are the future generation of leaders who make a difference in their communities as well as agriculture and other industries,” said National FFA Chief Executive Officer Scott Stump. “As we continue to grow, we see the enthusiasm for agricultural education and FFA reflected in our membership.”
This year, the organization says it has more than 132,700 Latino members, more than 47,000 Black members and more than 13,000 American Indian and Alaska Native members.
The organization is also planning to host the 95th National FFA Convention & Expo in October. You can connect to more details and register by clicking here.