10/1/2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Analysts forecast that the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the agriculture industry needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.
Students are answering that call, evidenced by an explosion in FFA membership throughout the U.S, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the past year.
Membership in FFA today stands at 579,678 students in grades seven through 12. More than 22,300 new students joined FFA during the 2012-13 school year. The number of new, local FFA chapters throughout the country has grown to 7,570.
Founded in 1928, the National FFA Organization’s
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.