The Future Farmers of America has voted to take “farmers” out of its name because the word was hurting recruiting.
Delegates at the annual convention of the Future Farmers of America voted with little debate Wednesday to rename the group the National FFA Organization. Local chapters will be permitted to use the old name if they prefer.
FFA officers and U.S. Education Department advisers to the organization had recommended the name change to help stop a 23% decline in membership since the mid-1970s. The FFA has about 416,000 active members nationwide.
The organization is open to students interested in agriculture or related fields, such as agricultural economy, farm equipment technology and agribusiness.