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National FFA hits record high membership

FILE PHOTO: The national FFA leaders for the 2019-20 year gavel the convention to order. (Provided Photo/FFA)

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indianapolis-based National FFA Organization has seen a large increase in members over the last year, which gives the organization a record-high student membership of 760,113, an increase of nearly 60,000 members over last year.

Texas, California, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma are the top five states with the most student members, with chapters located in 24 of the country’s 25 largest cities. The organization has also offered a breakdown of its members, with 115,831 Latino members, more than 40,000 Black members and over 12,000 American Indian or Alaska Native members. 

“The relevance of agriculture and the security of our country’s food, fiber and natural resources systems has never been more important,” said National FFA CEO Mark Poeschl. “Our FFA members are the future generation of leaders who will be making an impact in the industry. As we continue to bring agricultural education and FFA to more students, we see the enthusiasm of this generation reflected in the growth of our organization.”