Iowa FFA breaks 2020 membership record

Iowa FFA has set back-to-back membership records in the midst of a global pandemic.

State advisor Matthew Eddy says a handful of new chapters emerge each year, even in the last 12 to 14 months.

“We see a lot of that increase and I think a lot of it just comes down to people (being) really excited about agriculture and where their food comes from, and learning more about that. And frankly, I just think agriculture is cool.”

Iowa FFA eclipsed 16,000 members for the first time in 2020, and Eddy tells Brownfield the number is even higher this year.

“Again, I think it just kind of shows that kids are interested. There’s a lot of possibilities in agriculture, and I think it goes to show that agriculture teachers are out there doing a great job trying to get kids interested.”

Brownfield spoke to Eddy Tuesday during the 2021 Iowa FFA Convention in Des Moines.

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