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National FFA sees record membership at more than 760,000

The National FFA Organization has announced a record-high student membership of more than 760,000, up from 700,000 last year.

Kristy Meyer is the communications manager for National FFA. 

“Student membership has typically been increasing each year, but this is a little larger increase so we’re pretty excited,” she says. “We’re not exactly sure why that is but I do think more students are becoming aware of all the opportunities that the agriculture industry offers them.”

She tells Brownfield National FFA continues to stress the amount of opportunities in agriculture.

“There are 250 careers in agriculture and it’s not just the traditional production agriculture,” she say. “There are other pieces like biotechnology, veterinary science and wildlife, so a lot of areas that students might not have understood are also agriculture related.”

Meyer says they want the organization to be a welcoming place for all students.  

This year, the organization has nearly 116,000 Latino members, more than 40,000 Black members and more than 12,000 members who are American Indian and Alaska Native. Forty-four percent of the membership is female, and 51 percent is male.

The top five student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Florida, and Oklahoma.

Student members belong to nearly 9,000 local FFA chapters throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and supporters.  

Audio: Kristy Meyer

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