2013 FFA Fact Sheet


Media Contact:
Duane Brodt
Public and Media Relations Manager
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education.

Today, there are 557,318 FFA members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FFA members are in grades seven through 12 and are college students

  • 70% of FFA members live in rural and farm areas
  • 19% live in small towns
  • 10% live in urban and suburban areas

Ninety-two percent of agricultural education programs offer agriscience.

  • 71% offer advanced agriscience and biotechnology
  • 59% offer agricultural mechanics
  • 49% offer horticulture
  • 43% offer animal science
  • 24% offer environment-related courses

Career Exploration

FFA members earn $4 billion annually through hands-on work experiences. FFA members participate in and learn advanced career skills in 48 national proficiency areas that range from food science and technology and agricultural communications to wildlife management and production agriculture.

Through 23 national career development events, FFA members are challenged by real-life, hands-on tests of skills that prepare them for career success.

More than 1,500 agricultural education students received FFA scholarships during the 2012-13 school year.

Industry Support

In 2012, corporate sponsors and individuals provided more than $20 million in financial support to FFA to support agricultural programs and activities and offer scholarships.

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The National FFA Organization is an integral part of agricultural education by helping make classroom instruction come to life through realistic, hands-on applications. FFA members embrace concepts taught in agricultural science classrooms nationwide, build valuable skills through hands-on experiential learning and each year demonstrate their proficiency in competitions based on real-world agricultural skills.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Membership FFA membership today is comprised of 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FFA operates on local, state and national levels. Student members belong to chapters organized at the local school level. Agriculture educators serve as chapter advisors. Chapters are organized under state associations headed by an advisor and executive secretary, often employees of the state department of education. States conduct programs and host annual conventions.

The National FFA Organization is governed by a board of directors, charters state associations and provides direction, program materials and support for local chapters and state FFA associations.

FFA was organized nationally in 1928 in Kansas City, Mo. In 1950, Congress granted FFA a federal charter, making it an integral part of public agricultural instruction under the National Vocational Education Acts. FFA receives no federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.

Science, Business, Technology

The National FFA Organization has evolved in response to expanded opportunities available in the agricultural industry. Today’s FFA helps members prepare for careers in agribusiness, agrimarketing, science, communications, education, horticulture, production, natural resources, forestry and many other diverse fields.

Career Preparation

The agricultural education program provides a well-rounded, practical approach to learning through three components: Classroom education, hands-on supervised agricultural experiences and FFA, which provides leadership opportunities and tests students’ agricultural skills.

Student Leadership

FFA members elect their own officers and plan and conduct activities with supervision from their chapter advisors. A team of six national FFA officers, typically college students taking a year away from their studies, plays a key role in planning the annual National FFA Convention & Expo and other events. The National FFA Officer team travels more than 100,000 miles during its year in office.

Programs, Activities

Local, state and national FFA programs and activities help members develop public speaking skills, conduct and participate in meetings, manage financial matters, strengthen problem-solving abilities and assume civic responsibilities.

National FFA Convention & Expo

The National FFA Convention & Expo is the organization’s premier gathering during which all FFA competitive events and programs are recognized nationally. The event brings FFA members together to learn, be inspired and celebrate their accomplishments in the organization.

National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation is headquartered at the National FFA Center and works with business and industry, organizations and individuals to raise funds that support FFA activities at the national, state and local levels. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

National FFA Alumni

Agriculture teachers rely on more than 52,000 FFA Alumni members and countless volunteers to help ease the outside commitments of teaching. FFA relies on alumni members for student recruiting, scholarship funding, advocacy for agricultural education and support to help stage camps, conferences, conventions and other personal development programs.

The National FFA Organization is headquartered at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., as a part of agricultural, food and natural resources education in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Its business center is the National FFA Center in Indianapolis.

Mission Statement

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The Agricultural Education Mission

Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. The National FFA Organization affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer. Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. The National FFA Organization is a resource and support organization that does not select, control or supervise state association, local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the National FFA Organization Constitution and Bylaws.