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Published February 22, 2010, 02:15 PM

National FFA membership notes new trends

WORTHINGTON — There are more than 506,000 youths, ages 12 to 21, involved in the FFA program across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Eighty-nine percent of those members are in grades 9 through 12, 7 percent are in grades 7 and 8; and 4 percent are high school graduates.

By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — There are more than 506,000 youths, ages 12 to 21, involved in the FFA program across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Eighty-nine percent of those members are in grades 9 through 12, 7 percent are in grades 7 and 8; and 4 percent are high school graduates.

Among those in the FFA, 42 percent are female. Women hold more than 47 percent of state leadership positions.

Data gathered by the organization shows that 79 percent of FFA members are Caucasian, 13 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are African-American and 3 percent are Native American.

Despite the increasing interest in the FFA by students who live in communities, roughly 66 percent of all FFA members still live in rural and farm areas. Another 9 percent live in urban and suburban areas, and 25 percent live in small towns.

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