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National, statewide FFA membership reaches all time high

 

Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the agriculture industry needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.

Students are answering that call, evidenced by an explosion in FFA membership throughout the U.S. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the past year.

Membership in FFA today stands at 579,678 students in grades seven through 12. More than 22,300 new students joined FFA during the 2012-13 school year. The number of new, local FFA chapters throughout the country has grew to 7,570.

"FFA is preparing our youth to ensure the security of our country's food, fiber and natural resources for years to come," said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. "Through real-world experiences, the nation's agriculture teachers are helping students develop the technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities to be the industry's leaders of tomorrow. FFA members will be tomorrow's advocates for agriculture."

Wyoming's FFA membership has also grown, with 2,035 members enrolled across the state in 51 local chapters. The Wyoming FFA has added four new chapters in the last decade, providing additional agriculture education opportunities to students in Upton, Cheyenne, Casper and Evanston.

"FFA offers students so much," says Wyoming State FFA President, Brett Roth. "Still focusing on the core of agriculture, the FFA has incorporated so much more into the curriculum. Today's students are now able to learn about and be involved with livestock, judging, traditional farming, animal husbandry, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, aquaculture, food sciences, welding, and many subjects that can better prepare the student for the future."

Founded in 1928, the National FFA Organization's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

"FFA offers students the chance to learn about traditional and progressing agriculture as well as helping them develop student leadership, public speaking, and other essential qualities to be a good leader. Through agriculture education and FFA, students are placed in a position to be able to contribute to their communities and keep up with the agricultural world around them," says Roth.

"With the amount of agriculture land in the world continually decreasing, it is important to educate today's youth on how to conserve and utilize the land, while also finding ways to feed a growing world population.  Knowing the importance of the Ag industry and what FFA teaches members, I see our members becoming the future of agriculture."

FFA operates at the local, state and national level. Students belong to FFA chapters organized at the local high- or middle-school level. Agriculture teachers serve as chapter advisors. Chapters are organized under state FFA associations headed by a state advisor or executive secretary, often an employee of the state's department of education. For more, visit WyomingFFA.org.

 

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