National FFA Organization

National FFA Organization is an American 501(c)(3) youth organization, specifically a career and technical student organization, based on middle and high school classes that promote and support agricultural education. It was founded in 1925 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, by agriculture teachers Henry C. Groseclose,[9] Walter Newman, Edmund Magill, and Harry Sanders as Future Farmers of Virginia. In 1928, it became a nationwide organization known as Future Farmers of America. In 1988 the name was changed to the National FFA Organization, now commonly referred to as FFA, to recognize that the organization is for students with diverse interests in the food, fiber, and natural resource industries, encompassing science, business, and technology in addition to production agriculture.[10] Today FFA is among the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 735,038 members in 8,817 chapters[11] throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. FFA is the largest of the career and technical student organizations in U.S. schools.

National FFA Organization
Formation1928; 94 years ago (1928)
TypeYouth organization
54-0524844[1]
Legal status501(c)(3) non-profit organization[2]
PurposeTo build partnerships with industry, education, government, foundations, and individuals to secure resources for the future of education, agriculture, and student leader development.[1]
Headquarters
Region served
 United States
 Puerto Rico
 United States Virgin Islands
Membership
735,038 (8,817 chapters in 50 state associations and 2 territories)
Dr. James Woodard[3]
Scott Stump[4]
Cole Baerlocher[5]
  • Cheryl Zimmerman -Interim Chair and National Advisor
  • William (Buddy) Deimler -National FFA Treasurer
  • Ben Lastly -Executive Secretary, Southern Region (NASAE)
  • Brandon Davis -State Supervisor, Eastern Region (NASAE)
  • Charles Parker -State Supervisor, Western Region (NASAE)
  • Matthew (Matt) Eddy -State Supervisor, Central Region (NASAE)
  • Deanna Thies -AFNR Teacher (NAAE)
  • Dave Gossman -AFNR Teacher (NAAE)
  • Eric Rubenstein -Teacher Educator (AAAE)
  • Jessica M. Blythe -Teacher Educator (AAAE)
  • Barbara Jenkins -Business and Industry, U.S. Poultry
  • Daphnne Bonaparte -U.S. Department of Education [6]
SubsidiariesNational FFA Foundation, Inc.[1]
Revenue (2015)
$27,832,251[1]
Expenses (2015)$27,612,465[1]
Employees (2015)
232[1]
Volunteers (2015)
3,500[1]
Websitewww.ffa.org
Formerly called
Future Farmers of Virginia [7] Future Farmers of America[8]

The organization holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code.[12]


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