In the past year, more than 17-thousand new students have joined FFA, setting a new all-time high in the organization’s membership since it was founded in 1928. FFA membership now stands at a record 540,379 students, up 17,070 students from the 2009-10 school year. The number of FFA chapters in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands also grew with the creation of 106 new, chartered FFA chapters.
Texas tops the list of states with the largest FFA membership with 81,694 students. The next four largest states are California, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma. California is home to the 10 largest FFA chapters in the nation.
National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong, says – we are excited to see that agricultural education continues to grow and flourish in this country. Agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives and it’s inspiring to experience this surge in FFA membership, which allows FFA to grow its impact on young lives.