Fun Facts about FFA

A few things you may not have known about Future Farmers of America.

Celebrities and politicians who were once members of the FFA include Jimmy Carter, Bo Jackson, Sterling Marlin, plus musicians such as Lyle Lovett, Tim McGraw and John Mellencamp.

At the national level, there are 23 Career Development Events, including ag sales, marketing plan, forestry and parliamentary procedure.

Purchases of The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait ($45; National Geographic) by Paul Harvey, with 300 pages of images from multiple photographers, support the “Give The Gift of Blue” National Jacket Program. The program helps the FFA provide blue jackets to members who can’t afford them.

In 2014, the National FFA Organization is offering $2.1 million in scholarships. AGCO is part of this effort. During the 2013-2014 FFA scholarship year, AGCO and nearly 50 local Challenger®, Massey Ferguson® and Gleaner® dealers will distribute a total of 100 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.

The FFA motto includes 12 short words: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

Jan Eberly became the first female National FFA President in 1982. Today, 34% of FFA members are female and more than 50% of state leadership positions are held by women.

FFA members number 579,678 students in grades 7 through 12. More than 22,300 new members joined during 2012-13. The number of new, local FFA chapters throughout the country grew to 7,570.

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