What do Taylor Swift, Jordy Nelson and Jimmy Carter have in common?

The answer: They were each former FFA members and grew up learning to recite the FFA creed, pledging their belief in the future of agriculture. 

Among the men and women to wear the iconic FFA blue and gold are famous names that are hard to miss.

Take a look at just some of the other well-known former FFA members:


Jim Davis

Creator of Garfield comic strip

Fairmount, Ind. ‒ Former FFA chapter president

Chris Johns

Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic magazine

Crater, Ore. – Former state FFA president 

Nicholas Kristof

Columnist for The New York Times; Pulitzer Prize winner (1990)

Oregon – Former state FFA reporter


Trace Adkins

Country music entertainer/recording artist

Sarepta, La.

Lucas Black

Actor (“Sling Blade,” “Cold Mountain,” and “Friday Night Lights”)

Danville, Ala. – Speake FFA Chapter

Easton Corbin

Country music entertainer/recording artist

Trenton, Fla.

Steve Doocy

Co-anchor, “FOX & Friends” on FOX News Channel

Clay Center, Kan. – Former FFA chapter vice president

Don Henley

Rock music entertainer/recording artist; member of The Eagles

Linden, Texas

Lyle Lovett

Country music entertainer/recording artist

Klein, Texas

Tim McGraw

Country music entertainer/recording artist

Start, La.

Taylor Swift

Country music entertainer/recording artist

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Trent Willmon

Country music entertainer/recording artist

Afton, Texas –Former FFA chapter president

Tom Wopat

Singer and actor (Luke Duke on “The Dukes of Hazard,” 1979-1985)

Lodi, Wis. 


Sam Brownback

Governor of Kansas and former U.S. senator

Prairie View, Kan. – Former FFA chapter president, state FFA president and national FFA vice president

Jimmy Carter

Former U.S. president; Nobel Prize winner (2002)

Plains, Ga.

James B. Hunt

Former governor of North Carolina (four terms)

Rock Ridge, N.C.


Bo Jackson

Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn University (1985); former professional football player and professional baseball player

McAdory, Ala.

Sterling Marlin

Former NASCAR driver; two-time Daytona 500 winner (1994 and 1995)


Jordy Nelson

Professional football player, Green Bay Packers

Kansas – Riley County FFA Chapter

Click here to see the full list of prominent former members of the FFA