Historical Timeline of FFA

Historical Timeline of FFA

1917
The Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act- established vocational agriculture courses.
(were Georgia Congressmen)
1925
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
1928
Future Farmers of America is established in Kansas City, Mo.
1928
First National FFA Convention held in Kansas City: 33 Delegates from 18 states in attendance, dues were set at 10 cents
1928
First sectional gathering of New Farmers of American members held
1929
National Blue and Corn Gold adopted as official colors
1929
Carlton Patton of Arkansas names first Star Farmer of America
1930
Official FFA Creed adopted
1930
First National Public Speaking event held.
– Winner Edward Drace, Missouri
1930
First Official Dress uniform was adopted: Dark blue shirt, Blue or white pants, blue cap and yellow tie.
1930
Delegates restrict membership to boys only
1933
Blue corduroy jacket adopted as Official Dress
1933
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.
1935
New Farmers of America found in Tuskegee, Ala.
1935
Active FFA membership exceeded 100,000 members
1937
During national convention, actin was take to establish a national FFA camp and training school in Washington, D.C.
1939
28.5 Acres of land was purchased for the first FFA- owned national headquarters; was part of George Washington’s estate
1939
Identical twins, Albert and Arthur Lacy of Hondo, TX become the only members ever to share the title of Star Farmer of America
1939
The “H.O. Sargent Trophy Award” is created to honor H.O. Sargent commitment to helping NFA members achieve success and leadership in agriculture.
1944
Future Farmers of America Foundation Formed
1944
138,548 FFA members were serving in the Armed services in World War II
1944
First National FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award present for Agriculture Machanics
1947
First National FFA band performed at national FFA convention
1948
First FFA Chorus and National FFA Talent program held at national FFA convention
1948
National FFA Supply service began operation
1948
First International Exchange program for FFA members bean with Young Farmers Club of Great Britain
1948
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
1948
First FFA Week celebrated during the week of George Washington’s birthday.
1950
President Harry S. Truman granted a Federal Charter, Public Law 740, to FFA
1952
First issue of The National Future Farmer Magazine was published
1953
The U.S. Post Office Department issued a special stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FFA
1953
President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to speak at a national FFA convention
1957
Former President Harry S. Truman spoke during the national convention
1958
The National Foundation for infantile Paralysis present NFA with a certificate of appreciation.
1959
First National FFA Center dedicated in Alexandria, VA.
1965
New Farmers of America merges with the Future Farmers of America
1966
First FFA National Agriculture Career Show held at National FFA Convention
1968
President Richard Nixon attends national FFA Convention
1969
FFA opens membership to girls
1969
First National Star in Agribusinesss – Ken Dunagan from Arizona
1969
Washington Conference (WLC) begins
1969
Delegate body of the national FFA convention established alumni class of membership as part of the constitution
1973
FFA Official Dress Standards created
1974
Fred McClure from TX was the first African American elected to a national office
1974
President Gerald Ford is the guest speaker at the national FFA convention; the speech is carried lived to network television
1975
Food for America program launched
1976
Julie Smiley of Washington is the first female elected to a national office
1976
Alaska become the last of the 50 states to obtain a national charter
1978
President Jimmy Carter Addressed the 51st National FFA Convention
1979
First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Event held- won by Christe Paterson of Wisconsin
1980
National FFA Foundation raises $1 million in one year for the first time
1982
Jan Eberly, California becomes the first female national FFA president
1987
George H.W. Bush spoke at national convention as VP to Ronald Reagan, Bush become president in 1988
1988
Future Farmers of America changes its name to National FFA organization to reflect the growing diversity in the industry of agriculture.
1988
Seventh and Eighth grade students permitted to become FFA members
1988
Agriscience student recognition Program introduced
1989
The National Future Farmer magazine changes its name to FFA New Horizons
1990
Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) program is launched
1991
Chapters in the Virgin Islands and Guam, along with five chapter in Micronesia, are chartered
1994
Corey Flournoy, Illinois – first African American to be elected national FFA president; he is also the first urban student leader
1996
H.O. Sargent Award reinstated, promoting diversity among chapters
1996
FFA announces its decision to move the National FFA Center from Alexandria, VA to Indianapolis, Ind.
1996
FFA announces its decision to move the national FFA convention from Kansas City, MO to Louisville, KY
1996
The official website for FFA, www.FFA.org debuts
1997
First Agri-Entrepreneurship Award Presented
1998
National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Ind. is dedicated July 20
1998
Agricultural Education National Headquarters dedicated in Alexandria, VA
1998
National Convention held in Kansas City, MO for the last time.
1998
Jose Santiago elected to national office- first member from Puerto Rico to serve as a national officer.
1998
Public Law 81-740 revised through Congress and replace by Public Law 105-225 on August 12th
1999
72nd National FFA Convention held in Louisville, KY
1999
First National Creed Speaking event- Michael Van Winkle of Arkansas wins
2000
Delegates at the National FFA Convention approve the Discovery FFA Degree for middle school students
2001
First National Star in Agri-science named- Steven offer, Wisconsin
2001
First National Star in Agricultural Placement named- Nicholas Streff from South Dakota
2002
First Female Star Farmer named- Karlene Lindow from Wisconsin
2002
Official Dress standards revised
2003
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
2004
First live webcast of national FFA convention premieres on www.FFA.org
2005
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
2005
FFA Foundation breaks the $10 million mark in raising money for FFA programs and services
2006
National FFA Foundation receives first $1 million contribution from the Ford Motor Company
2006
79th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind. for the first time with 54,489 in attendance.
2006
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
2007
FFA Merchandise Center opens its doors.
2007
Membership break the half-million mark with 500,823 members in 7,358 chapters
2007
FFA New Horizons add online feature. www.FFAnewhorizons.org
2008
FFA member networking site, FFA Nation, launches at www.FFAnation.ffa.org
2008
Board makes decision to rotate the National FFA Convention between Louisville and Indianapolis, beginning with Louisville in 2013
2009
FFA celebrated 40 years of women in he organization
2010
Dr. Larry Case retired after 26 years as national FFA advisor
2010
FFA celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of New Farmers of America
2010
Six college-age FFA members travel to Zambia for the FFA Global Outreach Africa program
2010
FFA members earn a record 3,449 American FFA Degrees
2011
The National FFA Alumni Association celebrates its 40th anniversary.
2011
FFA celebrates Native Americans in FFA, agriculture and agricultural education during the 84th National FFA Convention
2011
Stever A. Brown Named national Advisor
2011
The Agricultural Center Network is launched
2012
Membership hits all-time high with 557,318 members in 7,498 chapters
2012
The national FFA Foundation receives a record of more than $16.2 million in support of FFA
2012
The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis has a record attendance of 56,167 members, teachers, supporters and guests
2012
FFA members and supporters pack 1,005,048 meals during the convention and expo’s FFA Rally to Fight Hunger.
2012
FFA celebrates Latinos/Hispanics in FFA, agricultural education during the convention and expo.