The Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization is reporting record growth. Officials say FFA student membership is up 3 percent from last year. The organization says there are currently 629,367 student members compared to 610,240 in 2014.
The number of chapters is also growing. The organization grew from 7,665 in 2014 to 7,757 in 2015. The top membership states include Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri.
“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. 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,” National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong said.
National FFA Alumni membership also grew in 2015. Officials say there are 62,705 members this year compared to 57,832 in 2014.