All photos via: Breanna Holbert
In another history making Black girl magic moment, Breanna Holbert, an agricultural education major at California State University, has been selected to lead the National Future Farmers of America Organization. This makes Holbert the first African American woman to be elected to the position.
— National FFA (@NationalFFA) October 28, 2017
She celebrated her historic victory and the support of her village in an Instagram post saying, “This jacket, this experience of a life time means nothing without the family, friends, advisors, and mentors who have guided me and loved me without question. You are why I am here. I am so blessed.”
Holbert is one of six African Americans to hold the office, following in the footsteps of the first Black president of the organization elected in 1994, Corey Flournoy. She was elected by fellow delegates at the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
National officers commit to a year of service to the National Future Farmers Association. Each officer travels both nationally and internationally to intermingle with business and industry leaders, FFA leaders, members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials and more. Holbert’s team will lead personal growth and leadership training conferences for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA.
Black farmers comprise only 1 percent of the total agricultural population but in recent years, the number of Black farmers has slowly increased. Policy changes at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have led to an increased number of partnerships between the USDA and Black farmers nationwide. With many Black communities in the U.S. being located in “food deserts” (neighborhoods without access to grocery stores), Black growth in agriculture is essential to the health of the community.
Congratulations, Breanna on making history! We wish you the best of luck in your new role.