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National FFA partnering with states and ambassadors to continue growth

The CEO of the National FFA Organization says several states are supporting growth of the group through funding grants.

Scott Stump tells Brownfield…

“Last fall, we had record attendance at our National Convention with over 70,000 individuals registered.”  He says, “We grew by 126 chapters last year and we are reaching more students than ever with that message of premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”

He says the grants are aimed at training the next generation workforce.

The state of Illinois, for example, set aside $550,000 in its last budget to pay for FFA dues for every student taking an agricultural education class.

Stump says efforts such as the National Teacher Ambassadors program, which provides additional training for selected teachers, have also helped expansion.

“And then they’re equipped to go back and share that with the other teachers in their state.”  He says, “It’s our way of mobilizing the tools and tactics that are meant to help the teachers life be easier.”

Sixty-four teachers from 31 states were recently selected to the Ambassadors program.

Stump says the National FFA Organization expects its one millionth member later this year. 

AUDIO: Scott Stump – CEO at National FFA Organization

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