The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education.
Today, there are 735,038 FFA members, aged 12-21, in 8,817 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
FFA members are in grades seven through 12 and college.
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.
More than 13,000 FFA advisors and agriculture teachers deliver an integrated model of agricultural education, providing students with innovative and leading-edge education and enabling them to grow into competent leaders.
- 92 percent offer agriscience; 71 percent offer advanced agriscience and biotechnology; 59 percent offer agricultural mechanics; 49 percent offer horticulture; 43 percent offer animal science; and 24 percent offer environment-related.
- 23 percent of teachers have five or fewer years of teaching experience.
- The shortage of qualified agriculture teachers is the greatest challenge facing FFA and agricultural education.