Ryan Best - 2011-12 National FFA President

Vital Statistics

Age: 21
Birthdate: Oct. 4, 1990
Hometown/State: Portales, N.M.
Parents: Kent and Sherri Best
Siblings: Heidi Best, Halee Goff, Reavis Best

FFA Statistics

Chapter: Elida High School FFA Chapter
Enterprise: Sheep Production, Diversified Livestock
State Office: District IV President/ Vice President, 2008-09; President, 2009-10

College Statistics

Year: Junior
Major: Agricultural and Extension Education
School: New Mexico State University
College Activities: NMSU Collegiate FFA, NMSU National Agri-Marketing Association, NMSU Collegiate Wool Judging team

Future Career Goal

To become an agricultural education instructor.


At age 4, Ryan W. Best idolized Chuck Norris in his role as a Texas Ranger on the TV series “Walker: Texas Ranger.” Dressed in jeans, boots and a cowboy hat with a gold star hanging from his neck, he remembers giving chase, fighting and eventually corralling bad guys, most of whom were either his sisters or a collection of rowdy stuffed animals from around the house.

“I was completely devoted to serving the golden emblem that hung on my chest. It signified who I was and began to define my perception of right and wrong,” Best remembers. “My dedication to service hasn’t changed – but it has been refocused. The focus of my service today has shifted to a different golden emblem that has molded the person I am. My perception of right and wrong has been reinforced through my involvement in FFA and agricultural education.

“I am excited about the opportunity to represent the National FFA Organization as an ambassador to the public to share the story of agriculture to Americans across our nation,” he said. “Americans enjoy the highest standard of living in the world because of the innovations American agriculturists have used to produce abundant, safe and affordable food, feed, fuel and fiber. It is essential that we embrace the changes facing our industry while maintaining a firm grasp of the traditions upon which our organization was formed.”

Press Release

Ryan Best - Press Release