Events in FFA History

Timeline created by AnnieDetweiler
  • Smith-Hughes Act

    Smith-Hughes Act
    The Smith-Hughes Act established a Vocational Agriculture course. This was training for an agriculture career, you had to farm afterwards.
  • FFV

    Henry Groseclose and others from Virginia meet to discuss an organization for boys in agriculture classes. The FFV (Future Farmers of Virginia) is made.
  • American Royal Livestock Show

    American Royal Livestock Show
    The American Royal Livestock show took place in Kansas City, MO. Vocational Ag students were invited to judge.
  • FFA

    Picture Link FFA (Future Farmers of America) is established.
  • FFA Colors

    FFA Colors
    Picture Link National Blue and Corn Gold are made the official FFA colors.
  • Star Farmer of America

    Star Farmer of America
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    The Star Farmer of America award is given to Carldon Patton of Arkansas.
  • FFA Creed

    FFA Creed
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    The official creed by E.M. Tiffany is adopted.
  • FFA Manual

    FFA Manual
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    The first FFA manual is printed.
  • Official Jacket

    Official Jacket
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    The blue, corduroy jacket is added to the official dress.
  • Members meet the President

    Members meet the President
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    FFA officers and members go to Washington, D.C. They are met on the front lawn by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Membership

    Picture LinkFFA membership passes 100,000.
  • Twins win the Star Farmer Award

    Twins win the Star Farmer Award
    A set of identical twins become the only members to ever share the Star Farmer Award.
  • WW II

    WW II
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    FFA members are serving in WWII.
  • FFAF

    The Future Farmers of America Foundation was formed in Washington, D.C.
  • FFA Band

    FFA Band
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    The first National FFA Band performs at the national FFA convention.
  • FFA Membership Jump

    FFA Membership Jump
    A record jump happens in FFA membership. It goes from 238,269 members in 1947 to 260,300 members in 1948.
  • FFA Week

    FFA Week
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    The first National FFA Week is celebrated.
  • Public Law 81-740

    Public Law 81-740
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    President Harry S. Truman signs a bill that specifies that a U.S. Department of Education staff member be the national FFA advisor. It becomes Public Law 81-740.
  • FFA Magazine

    FFA Magazine
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    The first issue of The National Future Farmer magazine comes out.
  • FFA Stamp

    FFA Stamp
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    The U.S. Post Office Department issues a special stamp for the FFA.
  • President Speaker

    President Speaker
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    President Dwight D. Eisenhower is the first U.S. President to speak at the national FFA convention.
  • Harry S. Truman

    Harry S. Truman
    Former President Harry S. Truman speaks at the national FFA convention.
  • NFA + FFA

    NFA + FFA
    The New Farmers of America merges with the Future Farmers of America.
  • Career Show

    Career Show
    The first FFA National Agricultural Career Show is held at the national FFA convention.
  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
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    Presidential candidate Richard Nixon comes to the national FFA convention in Kansas City.
  • FFA Washington Conference

    FFA Washington Conference
    The FFA Washington Conference starts.
  • Girls join FFA

    Girls join FFA
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    FFA membership opens up to girls.
  • Official Dress

    Official Dress
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    FFA dress standards are created.
  • Fred McClure

    Fred McClure
    Fred McClure becomes the first African-American elected to national FFA office.
  • Food for America

    Food for America
    The Food for America program begins.
  • Alaska Joins FFA

    Alaska Joins FFA
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    Alaska becomes the last of the states to get a national charter.
  • Julie Smiley

    Julie Smiley
    Julie Smiley becomes the first girl elected to a national FFA office.
  • $1 Million

    $1 Million
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    The National FFA Foundation raises $1 million in one year.
  • Jan Eberly

    Jan Eberly
    Jan Eberly becomes the first female to be the national FFA president.
  • Name Change

    Name Change
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    The Future Farmers of America changes its name to National FFA Organization.
  • 7/8 Graders Join

    7/8 Graders Join
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    FFA opens FFA up to 7th and 8th graders.
  • FFA New Horizons

    FFA New Horizons
    Picture LinkFFA New Horizons becomes the new name for The National Future Farmer.
  • New FFA Charters

    New FFA Charters
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    FFA chapters in the Virgin Islands, Guam, and Micronesia are chartered.
  • Corey Flournoy

    Corey Flournoy
    Corey Flournoy becomes the first African-American to become national FFA president.
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    The offical FFA website debuts.
  • National FFA Convention Moves

    National FFA Convention Moves
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    The national FFA convention takes place in Louisville, KY for the first time.
  • National Creed Speaking

    National Creed Speaking
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    Micheal Von Winkle wins the first National Creed Speaking event.
  • Karlene Lindow

    Karlene Lindow
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    Karlene Lindow becomes the first female Star Farmer.
  • Javier Moreno

    Javier Moreno
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    Javier Moreno is elected the first national FFA president to speak a native lauguage. He is also the first from Puerto Rico.
  • Seeds of Hope

    Seeds of Hope
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    FFA launches Seeds of Hope, a fundraising campaign to help raise money to rebuild Gulf Coast states' agricultural education following Hurricane Katrina.
  • Membership breaks 500,000

    Membership breaks 500,000
    Picture LinkFFA membership breaks half a million with 500,823 members in 7,358 chapters.
  • FFA New Horizons

    FFA New Horizons
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    FFA New Horizons adds a new feature,
  • Larry Case

    Larry Case
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    Dr. Larry Case retired after 26 years as a national FFA advisor.
  • National Alumni Association

    National Alumni Association
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    The National FFA Association has it's 40th year anniversary.
  • American FFA Degrees

    American FFA Degrees
    Picture LinkFFA members earn 3,449 American FFA Degrees, setting a record.