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National FFA Organization

Membership: 600,000+

Organization Focus: Developing student potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through ag education

Years Since Founding: 86

Program Focus: Young and beginning farmers and ranchers

Watch a Video Introduction to National FFA

In 7,600 chapters across the U.S. and in Guam and Puerto Rico, high school and college students join the FFA program to learn important skills, improve their leadership abilities and develop actual business experience that will help them in their future careers. National FFA is the umbrella organization over these more than 600,000 members, creating national programs that recognize achievements and enhance development. Farm Credit provides necessary funding for several of these programs:

  • National Convention & Expo and "We Are FFA" Diversity Celebration
  • New Century Farmer
  • Washington Leadership Conference
  • American Degree Program
  • Alumni Development Conference

National Convention & Expo and Convention Diversity Celebration
Each fall, more than 60,000 people gather at the National FFA Convention & Expo, the capstone event celebrating the year's achievements. While there, students also have the opportunity to meet with more than 400 companies like Farm Credit to learn, network and potentially find careers or future business partners.

Recognizing the changing face of agriculture, We Are FFA allows FFA members to meet others from around the country who represent different types of agriculture, different cultures and different family backgrounds. Supporting diversity in the broadest sense, We Are FFA helps prepare students for success in the future, which will increasingly depend on being able to work proactively with people of very diverse backgrounds. The event encourages thoughtful conversations and collects data so the organization can measure how diversity and inclusion efforts are progressing across the country.

Supporting diversity in the broadest sense, We Are FFA helps prepare students for success in the future.
National FFA Organization

New Century Farmer
Many college students involved in FFA plan to enter the agriculture industry as production farmers or ranchers. Through the New Century Farmer program, 50 students and 40 alumni spend an intense five days learning more about how to be successful in agriculture. With sessions on everything from business planning to social media skills, from financial planning to advocacy, attendees also work to apply what they've learned to their own burgeoning operations through their business plan development. Farm Credit's support helps pay for these students to attend, creating a strong foundation for the future of agriculture.

Alumni Development Conference
Across the country, more than 3,500 chartered FFA alumni affiliate organizations bring together former members who recognize the value of the organization and choose to give back in support of the future of agriculture. These advisors have challenging roles, working to increase membership, advising and mentoring student members and serving as role models, all as volunteers outside of their own full-time work. The Alumni Development Conference brings together these alumni leaders – who average 50 years of age – to share ideas about how to develop robust alumni participation to help FFA chapters support the next generation of agriculture.