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FFA History

  • Smith Hughes Act

    Overall helped education and agriculture, for both the farmers who made the agriculture, and for those who were provided things from American farmers.
  • FFV Esablished

    The FFV, future farmers of Virginia, is established. This serves as the basis of what FFA looks like in the future.
  • National livestock judging contest

    The first national congress of vocational agriculture students assembles a national livestock judging contest in Kansas City, MO.
  • New farmers of Virginia is established

    The New Farmers of Virginia is established in Virginia state college, being an agriculture organization similar to the FFA, but for African American boys.
  • FFA established in Kansas City, MO

    Future Farmers of America Established in Kansas City, MO
    First National Convention in Kansas City, Mo
    33 Delegates, 18 states
  • Official colors adopted, and the first official FFA manual is written

    Official Colors established
    National Blue and Corn Gold
    The First Official FFA Manual of the organization was written
  • First official dress uniform and creed adopted.

    The official FFA creed is written by E.M Tiffany, and the first official dress uniform was adopted.
  • Radio program

    The first national FFA radio program on NBC is launched.
  • A charter is granted to the Puerto Rico FFA Association.

    A charter is granted to the Puerto Rico FFA Association
  • Blue corduroy jacket is established as official dress.

    The blue corduroy jacket is established as FFA official dress.
  • NFA founded as an official organization

    The NFA is founded as a national organization at the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama.
  • National FFA training camp and leadership school established

    The national FFA training camp and leadership training school are founded in Washington D.C, during the national FFA convention.
  • Land is purchased for the first ever FFA headquarters

    28.5 ACres of land is purchased for the first national FFA headquarters, the land once being part of George Washingtons estate.
  • FFA joins the war effort.

    FFA members join in the war effort. 3 former FFA members serve with Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and participate in the famous air raid on Tokyo.
  • FFA formed in Washington. DC

    The future farmers of America foundation is formed in Washington, D.C., to raise money for FFA programs and activities.
  • Victory Convention

    Attendance at the national FFA victory convention is 12, 500. Those in attendance honor the 260, 450 FFA members who served, and the 7, 188 who were killed in battle.
  • FFA band

    The first national FFA band performs at the national FFA convention.
  • Victory Convention

    Attendance at the national FFA victory Convention¨ is 12, 500. Those in attendance honored the 260,450 FFA members who os served and the 7,188 who lost their lives.
  • FFA band

    The first national FFA band performs at the national FFA convention.
  • Talent and chorus

    The first FFA chorus and national FFA talent program is held at the national FFA convention.
  • International Exchange

    The first international exchange program for FFA members begins with the young farmers club of Great Britain.
  • Public law 81-740

    The 81st congress passes a bill that grants a federal charter to Future Farmers of America. President Harry S. Truman signs the bill on Aug. 30, and it becomes public law 81-740.
  • Code of Ethics

    The FFA code of ethics is adopted.
  • President speaks for the first time at national convention.

    President Dwight. D Eisenhower speaks at the national FFA convention-the first U.S president to do so
  • Joe Moore on time magazine

    Photo of American Star Farmer Joe Moore is on the cover of Time Magazine.
  • First National FFA agricultural career show

    The first FFA National Agricultural Career show is held at the national FFA convention to highlight educational and career opportunities in agriculture.
  • Harry S. Truman at the FFA convention

    Formed President Harry S. Truman speaks during the national FFA convention.
  • The NFIP presents NFA with a certificate of appreciation

    The national foundation for infantile paralysis presents NFA with a certificate of appreciation.
  • FFA holds national leadership training conference

    FFA holds its first National Leadership Training Conference for state officers in Washington, D.C.
  • One millionth jacket

    FFA sells its one-millionth jacket.
  • Nfa merges with FFA

    NFA merges with FFA, increasing FFA membership by over 50,000
  • FFa archives are helped

    Elmer J. Johnson helps develop the FFA archives at the national FFA center
  • President Candidate Richard M. Nixon

    Presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon speaks at the national FFA convention, being elected as president the following month.
  • FFA opens membership to females

    FFA opens membership to females, making it possible for them to hold office and participate in competitive events at regional and national levels.
  • Two first female delegates

    Anita Decker and Patricia Krowicki become the first two female delegates to the national convention.
  • FFA alumni association

    The national FFA alumni association is established.
  • Food for america

    Food for America program launches.
  • Official dress standards are created

    FFA official dress standards are created
  • President Gerald Ford

    President Gerald Ford speaks at the national FFA convention. The speech is carried live on network television.
  • Alaska

    Alaska becomes the last of 50 states to have a national charter
  • President Jimmy carter

    President Jimmy Carter speaks at the 51st National FFA convention again, this time as a U.S president.
  • Christe peterson wins first public speaking event

    Christe Peterson from Wisconsin wins the first Extramporaneous Public Speaking Event
  • National FFA convention raises one million

    The national FFA foundation raises $1 Million in one year for the first time.
  • First female FFA president

    Jan Eberly from California becomes the first female national FFA president.
  • Ad ed network

    FFAś computerized information service launches.
  • FFA public TV announcements

    The first FFA TV public service announcements air.
  • Agriscience Teacher of the year

    The first Agriscience Teacher of the YEar award is presented to STeven McKay from Boonville, California.
  • President George H.W Bush

    President George H.W Bush speaks at the national FFA convention. Bush is elected president the following year.
  • Name change

    The future farmers of America changes its name to the national FFA organization
  • Magazine name changed

    National future farmer magazine changes its name to FFA new horizons
  • Pals program

    The partners in active learning support program launches
  • More FFA chapters

    FFA chapters in the U.S virgin islands, guam, and Micronesia, are created
  • First african american man FFA president

    Corey Flournoy from Illinois is the first African-American to be elected national FFA president
  • Official website

    The official FFA website, ffa.org, launches
  • Agri-entrepreneurship award

    First Agri-Entrepreneurship award is presented
  • Indianapolis national FFA center

    The national FFA center is moved to Indianapolis.
  • First creed speaking event

    Micheal Van Winkle from Arkansas wins first national creed speaking event
  • Discovery FFA degree

    Delegates at the national FFA convention approve the discovery FFA degree for middle school students
  • American Star in Agriscience

    First American star in agriscience is named
  • Official dress standards

    The official FFA dress standards are revised
  • Only blue will do!

    Only blue will do! Launches, focusing on returning the official ffa jacket colors to the true national blue and corn gold, as well as to providing a better jacket.
  • First live webcast

    The first live webcast of the national FFA convention premieres on ffa.org
  • FFa fundraising

    835, 699 is donated to organizations helping with Hurricane Katrina relief
  • Ford motor act

    One million dollars is contributed to the FFA organization from the Ford Motor Company
  • FFA merchandise center

    The FFA merchandise center opens in Indianapolis.
  • FFA member network site

    The FFA nation website, now being shut down
  • 40 years of women celebrated

    The FFA celebrates 40 years of women in their organization.
  • Dr. Larry case retires

    Dr. Larry Case retires after 26 years of national FFA advisor
  • FFA national alumni association

    The FFA National Alumni association celebrates its 40th anniversary
  • National record for economic support

    The FFA organization gets a whopping 16.2 million in suppport
  • So god made a farmer

    Ram trucks So God made a farmer exceeds 18 million views on youtube, and they donate one million to FFA
  • Gift of blue

    The Give the Gift of blue program begins.
  • First Lady gives greetings

    First lady Michelle Obama gives video greetings at the national FFA convention.