By Michael Lotspeich
LOUISVILLE – This year, a record number of FFA members attended the 87th National FFA Convention &d Expo in Louisville, Ky.
64,409 FFA members and registered guests attended the annual gathering.
This new record is a 1,421-member jump in convention attendance from last year when 62,988 members attended, and up 8,233 from the 85th when 56,176 members were present.
Current membership in the FFA stands at 610,240 members, which is up from 579,678 members in 2013. This increase of 30,500 members was accompanied by growth of new, local FFA chapters to 7,665.
News, features, sights and sounds from the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo are archived and accessible on FFA.org and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #goFFA.
The convention ended Saturday after national delegates representing FFA in all state associations elected a new, six-member national FFA officer team for 2014-2015.
The convention is in the second year of a three-year stint with Louisville as the host city. It returns to Indianapolis for an equal run in 2016.