Reba. Carrie. Patsy. Dolly. Wynona. The world of country music has a powerhouse of strong female writers, singers and producers among its ranks. Award-winning, breakout artist Tenille Townes is working her way onto that list by releasing her new song, “In My Blood,” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of female membership in the National FFA Organization.
To honor the anniversary, Townes wrote an original track that speaks to the power of women, hard work, courage and integrity. To make the occasion even more memorable, the entire project was written, recorded, produced and filmed in Nashville by an all-female team.
“It was such a cool experience recording this song with an all-female team in the studio,” Townes says. “This project has truly reminded me of how many incredible women I’m surrounded by, and I’m so grateful to be a part of celebrating that in the 50th anniversary of women in FFA with this song! I had the pleasure of hanging out with amazing young FFA members in Indianapolis this past year and was blown away by their character and kindness. It makes me feel like the next 50 years are in very good hands.”
The video spotlights the daily moments of women in agriculture and showcases female farmers of all ages who exemplify these lyrics in their everyday lives. According to the latest Census of Agriculture data, female producers make up 36 percent of all farmers, and over half of the farms in the United States have at least one woman involved in the decision-making process.
That trend is further amplified in FFA membership statistics. Nearly half of all FFA members are women, and females hold approximately 50 percent of state leadership positions.
Ram (Dodge), who first partnered with FFA in 1953, recognizes the importance of women in agriculture and has committed to help FFA amplify this important message.
“In the past 50 years, women have become an integral part of FFA. They help shape the future of agricultural education and the industry as a whole,” says Molly Ball, president and chief marketing officer of the National FFA Organization. “The perception people have of a farmer is evolving as we bring stories of women to the forefront of agriculture.”
Start your FFA week off with some new tunes in 2020, and join the National FFA Organization, Ram Trucks Brand, and Tenille Townes in celebrating the 50th anniversary of women in FFA.
Photography: Marji Alaniz