In October 2009 the National FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) Organization announced Dr. W. Dwight Armstrong of Dayton, Ohio, as chief operating officer. Dr. Larry D. Case, national FFA advisor and coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Education, U.S. Department of Education, announced the appointment to National FFA staff and state agricultural education leaders, saying, “Dwight Armstrong brings an unmatched background in agricultural research, education and executive management. I’m confident he will be able to position FFA to help meet the needs of agricultural education and the agriculture industry as a whole.” Armstrong, in accepting the position, said, “FFA has been an important part of my life for many years. I am excited and eager to move forward together with the staff in this work that changes so many lives.” Since 2008, Armstrong had served as the founder and principal at JDA Consulting, LLC. From 2000-2008, he served at Provimi, a global nutrition company, as group vice president and director of the Americas and as president and CEO of North American Nutrition Companies, Inc. At Provimi, Armstrong restructured the operational functions of five brands and led four major acquisitions to grow the nutritional business in North America. Prior to joining Provimi, Armstrong was president and general manager at animal nutrition and research center Akey, Inc., from 1982-2000, where he led major business initiatives with increased growth and profitability. Armstrong taught swine management and quantitative nutrition at North Carolina State University from 1975-1982, and researched swine nutrition and management. In 1982 he was an American Soybean Association visiting lecturer in Europe. Armstrong is a former FFA member from Kentucky, and he recently served as chairman of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board.
Armstrong received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Murray State University. He earned a Master of Science in Nutrition from Purdue University and received his Ph.D. in Nutrition from Purdue.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members—all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture—as part of 7,429 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988 in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.