The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named W. Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization, the 2016 Agribusiness Leader of the Year.
This award, which is NAMA's highest honor, recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public or academic service and is conferred each year to a senior agribusiness executive who not only exemplifies excellence in agribusiness but has also made significant contributions to the industry. Now in its 16th year, the award will be presented at the Opening General Session of the 2016 Agri-Marketing Conference, "From the Ground Up," April 14, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo.
Dwight Armstrong has a passion for agriculture and its role in food security. This passion has infiltrated all aspects of his life. Like other industry leaders, he appreciates the serious and urgent challenge of feeding a global population that will top 9 billion by 2050. That is why he is focused on delivering the human capital to get that job done. He works daily to ensure youth are being educated on issues of hunger and food security, as well as playing active roles in their communities. Through his career, he has mentored, developed and honed many leaders around the globe.
Under Armstrong's leadership at FFA, there has been dramatic growth in FFA student membership, National FFA Foundation contributions and attendance at the National FFA Convention & Expo. The organization achieved an all-time record membership this year with 629,327 student members in grades 7-12 in 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Attendance at the National FFA Convention & Expo grew from 53,473 in 2009 to 65,173 in 2015, making it the nation's largest student gathering. During his tenure, financial stability was strengthened for both the National FFA Foundation and the National FFA Organization. Under the banner of "We Are FFA," Armstrong created close collaboration and complementary strategic direction for both organizations.
His leadership and service to agriculture have been lifelong, from his early years as an FFA member and his first degree in agriculture from Murray State University. He continues to serve the industry on numerous business and not-for-profit boards including: Agri-Corps board; Shoulder to Shoulder board; Mathile Institute board and the Professional Services board. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue University and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Feed Industry Association.
NAMA is the nation's largest association for professionals in marketing and agribusiness. NAMA has been encouraging and recognizing excellence in the industry for more than 50 years through initiatives such as Agribusiness Leader of the Year and the NAMA Marketer of the Year. For more information, please visit nama.org or contact Jenny Pickett at 913-491-6500 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at
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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit