National FFA Convention Wraps Up, Boasts Record Membership

 

Jennifer Shike, FarmJournal's Pork

November 4, 2019

 

National FFA Convention and Expo wrapped up in Indianapolis, Ind., over the weekend with more than 70,000 students and advisors attending this hallmark event. In addition to hosting one of the largest conventions ever, National FFA set a new record for membership, topping 700,000 members this year. 

 

AgDay’s Clinton Griffiths caught up with the CEO Mark Poeschl to ask him what's next.

 

“While there are 700,000 FFA members, there are over a million young people that are in ag education, which means we have about a 70% market share,” Poeschl said.

 

By the time FFA reaches its centennial in 2028, the organization’s goal is to have every student in agricultural education be a part of FFA.

 

“And that's not about the numbers,” Poeschl said. “That's really about making sure that we expose students to the activities that we have in leadership development and engage them in things that we think will make them very productive citizens and great talent for employers down the road.”

 

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