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National FFA Membership Reaches An All-Time High

Atwater High School FFA is one of the largest FFA chapters in the nation with over 1,100 student  members representing a diverse and culturally dynamic group of future leaders. Pictured here are Atwater students who competed at the FFA State CDE Finals at Cal Poly, SLO last May.
Atwater High School FFA is one of the largest FFA chapters in the nation with over 1,100 student  members representing a diverse and culturally dynamic group of future leaders. Pictured here are Atwater students who competed at the FFA State CDE Finals at Cal Poly, SLO last May.

As the importance of agriculture continues to be a focus throughout the world, students around the country understand the vital role it plays in everyday life. No more is this more evident than in the growth of membership in the National FFA Organization.

Today, the National FFA Organization announced a record-high student membership number of 850,823, an increase of 15 percent from last year. In addition, chapter numbers increased by 178, resulting in 8,995 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow as membership and the number of chapters increase. The top five student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. This year, the organization has more than 132,700 Latino members, more than 47,000 Black members and more than 13,000 American Indian and Alaska Native members. Forty-three percent of the membership is female, and fifty percent is male, with .5 percent reporting as nonbinary, 4.7 percent undisclosed, and 1.2 percent unreported.

“Our FFA members are the future generation of leaders who make a difference in their communities as well as agriculture and other industries,” said National FFA CEO Scott Stump. “As we continue to grow, we see the enthusiasm for agricultural education and FFA reflected in our membership.”

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 850,000 student members as part of 8,995 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .

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