Historical Timeline of FFA
The Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act- established vocational agriculture courses.
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Virginia Tech Agricultural Educational teachers educators Henry Groseclose, Harry Sanders, Walter S. Newman and Edmund C. Magill – organized the Future Farmers of Virginia for boys in agriculture classes. FFV is a model for the FFA
Future Farmers of America is established in Kansas City, Mo.
First National FFA Convention held in Kansas City: 33 Delegates from 18 states in attendance, dues were set at 10 cents
First sectional gathering of New Farmers of American members held
National Blue and Corn Gold adopted as official colors
Carlton Patton of Arkansas names first Star Farmer of America
Official FFA Creed adopted
First National Public Speaking event held.
– Winner Edward Drace, Missouri
– Winner Edward Drace, Missouri
First Official Dress uniform was adopted: Dark blue shirt, Blue or white pants, blue cap and yellow tie.
Delegates restrict membership to boys only
Blue corduroy jacket adopted as Official Dress
A group of FFA officers and members made a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., where they were greeted on the White House lawn by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
New Farmers of America found in Tuskegee, Ala.
Active FFA membership exceeded 100,000 members
During national convention, actin was take to establish a national FFA camp and training school in Washington, D.C.
28.5 Acres of land was purchased for the first FFA- owned national headquarters; was part of George Washington’s estate
Identical twins, Albert and Arthur Lacy of Hondo, TX become the only members ever to share the title of Star Farmer of America
The “H.O. Sargent Trophy Award” is created to honor H.O. Sargent commitment to helping NFA members achieve success and leadership in agriculture.
Future Farmers of America Foundation Formed
138,548 FFA members were serving in the Armed services in World War II
First National FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award present for Agriculture Machanics
First National FFA band performed at national FFA convention
First FFA Chorus and National FFA Talent program held at national FFA convention
National FFA Supply service began operation
First International Exchange program for FFA members bean with Young Farmers Club of Great Britain
Record jump in membership from 238,269 in 1947 to 260,300 in 1948, so many members attended the 20th National FFA Convention that a folding-cot hotel was set up in the basement of the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City
First FFA Week celebrated during the week of George Washington’s birthday.
President Harry S. Truman granted a Federal Charter, Public Law 740, to FFA
First issue of The National Future Farmer Magazine was published
The U.S. Post Office Department issued a special stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FFA
President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to speak at a national FFA convention
Former President Harry S. Truman spoke during the national convention
The National Foundation for infantile Paralysis present NFA with a certificate of appreciation.
First National FFA Center dedicated in Alexandria, VA.
New Farmers of America merges with the Future Farmers of America
First FFA National Agriculture Career Show held at National FFA Convention
President Richard Nixon attends national FFA Convention
FFA opens membership to girls
First National Star in Agribusinesss – Ken Dunagan from Arizona
Washington Conference (WLC) begins
Delegate body of the national FFA convention established alumni class of membership as part of the constitution
FFA Official Dress Standards created
Fred McClure from TX was the first African American elected to a national office
President Gerald Ford is the guest speaker at the national FFA convention; the speech is carried lived to network television
Food for America program launched
Julie Smiley of Washington is the first female elected to a national office
Alaska become the last of the 50 states to obtain a national charter
President Jimmy Carter Addressed the 51st National FFA Convention
First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Event held- won by Christe Paterson of Wisconsin
National FFA Foundation raises $1 million in one year for the first time
Jan Eberly, California becomes the first female national FFA president
George H.W. Bush spoke at national convention as VP to Ronald Reagan, Bush become president in 1988
Future Farmers of America changes its name to National FFA organization to reflect the growing diversity in the industry of agriculture.
Seventh and Eighth grade students permitted to become FFA members
Agriscience student recognition Program introduced
The National Future Farmer magazine changes its name to FFA New Horizons
Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) program is launched
Chapters in the Virgin Islands and Guam, along with five chapter in Micronesia, are chartered
Corey Flournoy, Illinois – first African American to be elected national FFA president; he is also the first urban student leader
H.O. Sargent Award reinstated, promoting diversity among chapters
FFA announces its decision to move the National FFA Center from Alexandria, VA to Indianapolis, Ind.
FFA announces its decision to move the national FFA convention from Kansas City, MO to Louisville, KY
The official website for FFA, www.FFA.org debuts
First Agri-Entrepreneurship Award Presented
National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Ind. is dedicated July 20
Agricultural Education National Headquarters dedicated in Alexandria, VA
National Convention held in Kansas City, MO for the last time.
Jose Santiago elected to national office- first member from Puerto Rico to serve as a national officer.
Public Law 81-740 revised through Congress and replace by Public Law 105-225 on August 12th
72nd National FFA Convention held in Louisville, KY
First National Creed Speaking event- Michael Van Winkle of Arkansas wins
Delegates at the National FFA Convention approve the Discovery FFA Degree for middle school students
First National Star in Agri-science named- Steven offer, Wisconsin
First National Star in Agricultural Placement named- Nicholas Streff from South Dakota
First Female Star Farmer named- Karlene Lindow from Wisconsin
Official Dress standards revised
Javier Moreno, Puerto Rico, elected national President- becomes the first person with a native language other than English and the First Puerto Rican elected as National FFA President
First live webcast of national FFA convention premieres on www.FFA.org
National FFA launched Seeds of Hope, a fundraising campaign to rebuild Gulf Coast states’ agricultural education and FFA Programs following Hurricane Katrina; $835,699 in donations distributed to affected programs
FFA Foundation breaks the $10 million mark in raising money for FFA programs and services
National FFA Foundation receives first $1 million contribution from the Ford Motor Company
79th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind. for the first time with 54,489 in attendance.
Endorsement of agricultural education’s long-range goal of 10,000 quality agricultural education programs by 2015, where every student is a member of the FFA and has a relevant SAE
FFA Merchandise Center opens its doors.
Membership break the half-million mark with 500,823 members in 7,358 chapters
FFA New Horizons add online feature. www.FFAnewhorizons.org
FFA member networking site, FFA Nation, launches at www.FFAnation.ffa.org
Board makes decision to rotate the National FFA Convention between Louisville and Indianapolis, beginning with Louisville in 2013
FFA celebrated 40 years of women in he organization
Dr. Larry Case retired after 26 years as national FFA advisor
FFA celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of New Farmers of America
Six college-age FFA members travel to Zambia for the FFA Global Outreach Africa program
FFA members earn a record 3,449 American FFA Degrees
The National FFA Alumni Association celebrates its 40th anniversary.
FFA celebrates Native Americans in FFA, agriculture and agricultural education during the 84th National FFA Convention
Stever A. Brown Named national Advisor
The Agricultural Center Network is launched
Membership hits all-time high with 557,318 members in 7,498 chapters
The national FFA Foundation receives a record of more than $16.2 million in support of FFA
The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis has a record attendance of 56,167 members, teachers, supporters and guests
FFA members and supporters pack 1,005,048 meals during the convention and expo’s FFA Rally to Fight Hunger.
FFA celebrates Latinos/Hispanics in FFA, agricultural education during the convention and expo.