FFA History

  • Smith Hughes Act

    Established vocational agriculture courses.
  • The Future Farmers Of Virginia

    Virginia Tech agriculture education teacher educators Henry C. Groseclose, Harry W. Sanders, Walter S. Newman, and Edmund C. Magill organized the Future Farmers of Virginia
  • Livestock Judging

    The First National Congress of Vocational Agriculture Students assembles for a National Livestock Judging Contest in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Constitutions and Bylaws for the FFV

    H.O. Sargent, a federal agent for agriculture education for African-Americans at the U.S. Office of Education, and G.W. Owens, a teacher-trainer at Virginia State College, write the first constitutions and bylaws for New Farmers of Virginia.
  • 1928

    Future Farmers of America Established in Kansas City, MO
    First National Convention in Kansas City, Mo
    33 Delegates, 18 states
    Leslie Applegate of New Jersey was elected to be the first National FFA President
  • 1929

    Official Colors established
    National Blue and Corn Gold
    Carlton Patton from Arkansas was named Star Farmer of America
    The First Official FFA Manual of the organization was written
  • 1930

    Official FFA Creed was written by:
    Written by E.M. Tiffany
    First Official Dress uniform was adopted:
    Dark blue shirt
    Blue or white pants
    Blue cap
    Yellow tie
    Delegates restrict membership to boys only
    The first official FFA Manual was printed with a grant from the Farm Journal Press if Philadelphia, PA
  • 1933

    Blue Corduroy jacket adopted as Official Dress
  • 1935

    New Farmers of America was founded in Tuskegee, Alabama
    Organization of African American young men
    Active FFA membership exceeded 100,000 members
  • 1939

    28.5 acres of land purchased for the first FFA-owned National headquarters land purchased, the land was part of George Washington’s estate.
  • 1944

    Future Farmers of America Foundation was formed to raise money from business, industry, government, individuals, and sponsors for FFA programs and activities.
    138,548 FFA members served in World War II
  • 1947

    First national FFA Band performance at National FFA Convention
    FFA Week was established during the week of George Washington’s B-Day
  • 1948

    First FFA Chorus and National FFA Talent program held at national FFA convention
    Record jump in membership from 238,269 in 1947 to 260,300; 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
  • 1950

    President Harry S. Truman signed the bill that became known as Public Law 81-740: granted FFA a federal charter and specified that a U.S. Dept. of Education staff member be the national FFA advisor
  • 1952

    The 1st issue of The National Future Farmer magazine was published
  • 1953

    The U.S. Post Office Dept. issued a special stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FFA
  • 1964

    FFA sells its one-millionth FFA jacket
  • 1965

    NFA merged with FFA, increasing FFA membership by more than 50,000
  • 1969

    FFA opens membership to females, making it possible for them to hold office and participate in competitive events
    The Washington Conference (now WLC) begins
  • 1971

    FFA opens membership to females, making it possible for them to hold office and participate in competitive events
    The Washington Conference (now WLC) begins
  • 1973

    FFA official dress standards are created
    National FFA Secretary Fred McClure from the Texas FFA Association is the first African American elected to a national FFA Office
  • 1976

    Julie Smiley from WA is elected national FFA vice president and is the first female to hold a national FFA office
    Alaska becomes the last of the 50 states to obtain a national charter
  • 1982

    Jan Eberly from California becomes the first female national FFA president
  • 1988

    The Future Farmers of America (FFA) changes its name to the National FFA Organization
    To reflect the growing diversity in agriculture
    Seventh and eighth-grade students are allowed to become FFA members
  • 1989

    The National Future Farmer magazine changes its name to FFA New Horizons
  • 1996

    The official website for the FFA debuts
  • 1999

    72nd National FFA Convention is held in Louisville, Ky, with 46,918 in attendance
    First national creed speaking event held
  • 2003

    “Only Blue Will Do!” campaign focuses on restoring the official FFA jacket colors to the true national blue and corn gold, as well as providing a superior-fitting jacket.
  • 2005

    National FFA launched Seeds of Hope, a fundraising campaign to rebuild Gulf Coast states’ agriculture 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 in one year for FFA programs and services
  • 2006

    The 79th National FFA Convention is held in Indianapolis for the first time, with 54,589 in attendance
    The FFA Foundation announces its first $1 million contributions to the Ford Motor Company
  • 2007

    The FFA Merchandise Center opens in Indianapolis
    FFA membership exceeds the half-million mark with 500,823 members in 7,358 chapters
  • 2009

    FFA celebrates 40 years of women in the organization
  • 2014

    FFA members earn a record 3,765 American FFA Degrees
    5 FFA jackets are added to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
  • 2015

    The FFA emblem is newly refreshed to modernize the FFA brand
  • 2017

    Breanna Holbert from California is the first African-American female to be elected national FFA president
  • 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