National FFA membership is at a 31-year-high

INDIANAPOLIS — The National FFA Organization has 507,763 members in 7,439 FFA chapters across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“This is an exciting time for FFA, as we are nearing the all-time-high membership total we originally reached in the 1970s,” said Larry Case, chief executive officer and national adviser for the National FFA Organization.

“These membership numbers help prove what we already know — FFA is relevant in students’ lives and futures because it helps prepare them for more than 300 diverse and plentiful career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fuel and fiber industries.”

The all-time national FFA membership topped 509,000 in 1976-1977. Since that time, the percentage of members living on farms has decreased.

Today, 27 percent of FFA members live in rural farm areas, whereas 40 percent live in rural nonfarm areas and the remaining 33 percent live in urban and suburban areas.

FFA membership is open to students 12-21 and enrolled in agricultural education programs in public high schools; 6 percent of current members participate in middle school programs; and 5 percent are high school graduates or members in Collegiate FFA.

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