Smith Hughes ActThe Smith-Hughes National Vocational Act (both smith and hughes were Georgia Congressmen) established vocational agriculture courses.
Future Farmers• Future Farmers of America (FFA) is established at a meeting in Kansas City, Mo.
• The national FFA convention – the first – is attended by 33 delegates from 18 states.
• Leslie Applegate of New Jersey is selected as the first national FFA president.
• State associations of the New Farmers of America form regional sections and hold
2nd national ffaconvention• At the 2ndNational FFA Convention in November 1929, 33 states are represented by 64 delegates.
• Thirty-five state associations with approximately 1,500 chapters and 30,000 members are now
affiliated with the national organization.
• National blue and corn gold are adopted as official FFA colors.
• The Star Farmer of America award – one of the first awards created by FFA – is presented to Carlton
Patton of Arkansas.
Official FFA Creed• Official FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany is adopted.
• First national public speaking event is held. Winner: Edward Drace, Missouri.
• First Official Dress uniformis adopted: dark blue shirt, blue or white pants, blue
cap and yellow tie.
• Delegates restrict membership to boys only.
• First official FFA manual is printed.
New Farmers Of America• New Farmers of America is founded in Tuskegee, Ala.
• Active FFA membership exceeds 100,000 members.
A bill passed• A bill is passed by the 81st Congress of the United Statesthat grants FFA a federal charter and specifies
that a U.S. Department of Education staff member be the national FFA advisor. On Aug. 30, President
Harry S. Truman signs the bill, and it becomes Public Law 81-740.
New Farmers• New Farmers of Americamerges with the Future Farmers of America.
FFa Opens Membership• FFA opens membership to girls, making it possible for them to hold office and participate in
competitive events at regional and national levels.
• First National Star in Agribusiness, Ken Dunagan from Arizona, is named.
• FFA Washington Conference (now called Washington Leadership Conference, or WLC) begins
Futre Famers of america• Future Farmers of America changes its name to National FFA Organization to better reflect the
expanded agricultural opportunities encompassing science, business and technology, in addition to
• FFA opens membership to seventh- and eighth-grade students.
• Agriscience Student Recognition Program is introduced.
Blue Couduroy Jackets• Blue corduroy jacketis adopted as official dress.
• A group of FFA officers and members travelto Washington, D.C., where they
are greeted on the White House lawn by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
FFA Announces it's decision• 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,
• The official website for FFA, www.ffa.org, debuts.
National FFA• National FFA Centeris moved from Alexandria, Va., to Indianapolis, Ind. The new National FFA Center
building – which houses the National FFA
Organization, the National FFA Foundation and the
National FFA Alumni Association – is dedicated on
• National FFA convention is held in Kansas City, Mo., for the last time.
• Jose Santiago is elected to national office; he is the first member from Puerto Rico to serve as a
national FFA officer.
• The 105th Congress of the United States revi
FFA Discovery degree is available• FFA Discovery Degree is available for middle school FFA members.
• The National FFA Archives at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis opens
First female start farmer• First female Star Farmer is named: Karlene Lindow, Wisconsin
• Official Dressstandards are revised.
National FFa Launches Seeds• National FFA launches Seeds of Hope, a fundraising campaign to help rebuild Gulf Coast states’
agricultural education and FFA programs following Hurricane Katrina; $835,699 in donations is
distributed to affected programs.
• FFA Foundation breaks the $10 million mark in raising money for FFA programs and services.
• National FFA convention is held in Louisville, Ky., for the last time.