This week is National FFA Week. A week for members of The National FFA Organization to celebrate agriculture education, advocate for FFA and agriculture, share ideas and have fun. FFA chapters make a special effort to share the impact FFA has on students and do community service activities.
I have a few interesting FFA facts to share:
Eighty-six years ago a group of ag-business leaders, teachers and students foresaw the challenge of feeding a growing population and the need to promote ag related jobs to future generations through science and business. At the Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City, 33 young farmers chartered what became The Future Farmers of America.
There are 579,678 students in 7,570 FFA Chapters across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Forty-four percent of FFA members are females and those girls hold 50% of the leadership roles at the state level.
Texas, California, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma are the states with the highest enrollment numbers and 91% of members are high school students. There are chapters in 18 of the 20 biggest cities in the United States.
Last year the organization gave out 1,726 individual scholarships meriting over $2.1 million.
This youth organization is committed to providing a route to leadership, personal development, and career success through agricultural education.
(Picture from the The National FFA Organization website)