National FFA Organization names new chief executive

The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation have announced the appointment of Mark Poeschl as CEO of both organizations.

Poeschl, of Brookville, Ohio, will take over leadership of the Indianapolis-based not-for-profits Aug. 1, succeeding Dwight Armstrong, who is retiring after leading the organizations for seven years.

Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the FFA is known for its huge annual conventions, which took place in Indianapolis from 2006 to 2012 and are returning this year to start a nine-year run.

Poeschl, a former FFA member and past state FFA president from Nebraska, is vice president and group director of stakeholder engagement at Cargill Inc.'s animal nutrition division.

“Mark’s management and leadership experience will embrace the mission of FFA and enhance our vision to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture," National FFA Advisor and FFA Board of Directors Chairman Steve Brown said in written remarks. "I look forward to working with a visionary leader who will continue developing student success within agricultural education.”

Poeschl is a 1983 graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln who began his career at Ralston Purina in St. Louis.

The FFA has about 630,000 members, ages 12-21, in 7,757 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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