FFA history

  • 1917

    The Smith Hughes National vocational education act, Dudley Huges established vocational agriculture courses.
  • 1925

    Virginia tech agriculture education teacher educators Henery C. Groseclose, Harry w. Sanders, Walters S.Newman, and Edmund C Magill organized Future Farmer of Virginia.
  • 1926

    The first national congress of vocational agriculture students assembles for a national livestock judging contest at the American royal livestock and horse show in Kansas City, Mo
  • 1927

    G.W Owens writes the first constitution and bylaws for the new farmers of virgiana. And a organization for African Americans
  • 1928

    Future Farmers of America is established in Kansas City. MO. The first national FFA convention is held in Kansas City MO. Leslie Applegate is elected the first national FFA president.
  • 1929

    National blue and corn gold was adopted as the official FFA colors. Carlton Patton is named the first star Farmer of America. thirty-five states associated with the FFA 1,500 chapters with 30,000 members.
  • 1930

    The official FFA creed by E.M Tiffany was adopted. Edward Drace wins the first national public speaking event. the first official dress code was adopted
  • 1931

    The national FFA program is on NBC is launched.
  • 1932

    A charter is granted to the Puerto Rico FFA association
  • 1933

    blue corduroy jacket is adopted as official dress
  • 1935

    The NFA is founded, David Simmons of Alabama is elected as the first NFA president.
  • 1937

    established a national FFA camp in Washington D.C
  • 1939

    28.5 acres of land was bought for the first owned FFA national headquters
  • 1942

    FFA members join the war
  • 1944

    The future farmer's of America foundation was created to help raise money for programs and activities. 138,548 from the FFA served in the war.
  • 1946

    attendance to the national FFA convention is 12,500 those in attendance honor the 260,450 FFA members who served and the 7,188 who paid supreme sacrifices.
  • 1947

    The first national FFA band performed at the national FFA convetion.
  • 1974

    President Gerold ford speaks at the national FFA convention the speech is on national television.
  • 1948

    record jump in membership from 238,269 to 260,300
  • 1949

    The first international exchange program for FFA members begins with the young farmers club of great Britten.
  • 1950

    The 81st U.S congress passes a bill that grants a federal charter to future farmers of america president Harry S.Turman signs the bill on August 30th and becomes a public law.
  • 1952

    The FFA code of ethics is adopted. The first issue of the national future farmers of America magazine is puplished
  • 1953

    The U.S has a special 3 cent stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FFA
  • 1955

    Photo of American star farmer Joe Moore is on the cover of Time magazine.
  • 1957

    Former President Harry S. Truman speaks during the National FFA convention
  • 1958

    The national foundation for infantile paralysis presents NFA with a certificate of appreciation
  • 1959

    The first national FFA center is dedicated to Alexandra Va on land that was once George Washingtons estate
  • 1964

    one million FFA jackets are sold
  • 1965

    NFA merges with FFA increasing the number of members by more than 50,000.
  • 1966

    The first FFA national agriculture show is held
  • 1969

    The FFA opens its memberships to females
  • 1970

    Anita decker and Patrica become the first female's delegate to the national convection
  • 1971

    The national FFA alumina association id established
  • 1973

    The official dress standers are created. National FFA secretary Fred McClure is the first African American elected to an office
  • 1975

    Food for America program launches Jimmy Carter, former Georgia governor and a former member of the Plains FFA Chapter speaks at the National FFA Convention Carter was elected U.S president the following year First FFA Student Handbook is published.
  • 1976

    Julie Smiley from Washington is elected national FFA vice president and is the first female to hold a national FFA office.
  • 1978

    President Jimmy Carter speaks at the 51st National FFA Convention again, this time as a U.S. president
  • 1979

    Christe Peterson from Wisconsin wins the first extemporaneous public speaking event.
  • 1980

    The national FFA foundation raises $1 million in one year for the first time.
  • 1983

    The Ag Ed network the organization’s computerized information service launches.
  • 1983

  • 1982

    Jan Eberly becomes the first female national FFA president.
  • 1984

    The first FFA tv public service announcements air.
  • 1986

    The first Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award is presented to Steven McKay
  • 1987

    The first national television satellite broadcast of the National FFA Convention airs.
  • 1988

    The Future Farmers of America changes its name to the national FFA organization to reflect the growing diversity in agriculture. Seventh and eighth grade students are permitted to become FFA members
  • 1989

    The National Future Farmer magazine changes its name to FFA New Horizons.
  • 1990

    The Partners in Active Learning Support program launches
  • 1991

    FFA chapters in the U.S. virgin islands and Guam along with five chapters in Micronesia are chartered.
  • 1994

    Corey Flournoy is the first African American to be elected national FFA president
  • 1996

    H.O. Sargent Award is reinstated promoting diversity among chapters. FFA announces its decision to move the National FFA Center from Alexandria Va to Indianapolis
  • 1998

    Jose Santiago from Puerto Rico is elected national FFA vice president
  • 1999

    Michael Van Winkle wins the first National Creed Speaking event.
  • 2000

    Delegates at the National FFA Convention approve the discovery FFA degree for middle school students.
  • 2001

    Steven Offer is named the first American Star in Agriscience.
  • 2002

    The 75th National FFA Convention is held in Louisville, Ky.
  • 2003

    Javier Moreno from Puerto Rico is elected national president he becomes the first person with a native language other than English
  • 2004

    The first live webcast of the National FFA Convention premieres on FFA.org.
  • 2005

    National FFA launches Seeds of Hope, a fundraising campaign to rebuild Gulf Coast states agricultural education and FFA programs following Hurricane Katrina $835,699 in donations.
  • 2006

    The National FFA Foundation announces its first $1 million contributions from the Ford Motor Company.
  • 2007

    FFA membership exceeds the half million mark with 500,823 members in 7,358 chapters.
  • 2008

    The FFA board of directors makes the decision to rotate the National FFA Convention between Louisville and Indianapolis beginning with Louisville in 2013.
  • 2009

    FFA celebrates 40 years of women in the organization.
  • 2010

    Dr. Larry Case retires after 26 years as national FFA advisord
  • 2011

    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
  • 2012

    Patrick Gottsch donates $1 million on behalf of RFD-TV to the National FFA Organization the single-largest unrestricted donation in the organization’s history. National FFA Foundation receives a record of more than $16.2 million in support of FFA. FFA members and supporters pack 1,005,048 meals during the national convention and expo’s FFA Rally to Fight Hunger
  • 2013

    Sherene Donaldson is named the first female national FFA executive secretary
  • 2014

    FFA members earn a record 3,765 American FFA Degrees
  • 2015

    the National FFA Alumni Association reaches 62,705 alumni.
  • 2016

    National FFA Alumni membership jumps to 225,891 members up from 62,705 in 2015
  • 2017

    Convention delegate recommendations to alter Official Dress and the opening ceremony get approval from the National FFA Board
  • 2018

    The 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis has a record attendance of 69,944. President Donald Trump speaks at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
  • 2019

    Student membership hits an all-time high with 700,170 members in 8,612 chapters