FFA history

  • 1917

    The Smith-Hughes National vocational education act and both Hoke Smith representative Dudley Hughes were from Georgia establish vocational agriculture courses.
  • 1925

    Virginia tech agriculture educators Henry C. Groseclose Harry W. Sanders, Walter S. Newman, and Edmund C. Magill organized the Future Farmers of Virginia for boys in agriculture classes the FFV serves as the model for Future Farmers of America
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    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

    H.O Sargent, a federal agent for articulate 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 constitution and bylaws for the new farmers of Virginia, an organization for African-American agriculture students the organization holds its first state rally that same year
  • 1928

    The first national FFA convention is held in Kansas City, Mo.:33 delegates from 18 states are in attendance.
  • 1929

    National blue and corn gold are adopted as official FFA colors
  • 1930

    Official FFA creed written by E.M Tiffany is atopted
  • 1931

    The national FFA radio program on NBC is launched
  • 1932

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

    Blue dress corduroy jacket is adopted as official dress
  • 1935

    David Simmons of Alabama is elected as the first national NFA president
  • 1937

    During the national FFA, convention action is taken to establish a national FFA camp and leadership training school in Washington D.C
  • 1939

    28.5 acres of land is purchased near Alexandria, Va, for the first national headquarters; the kand was once part of George Washington's estate
  • 1942

    FFA members join in the war effort three former FFA members-Robert Gray from texas FFA members, Travis hoover from California, and Melvin Jordan from Oklahoma serve with then Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and participate in the famous air aid on Tokyo.
  • 1944

    The future farmers of America foundation is formed in Washington, D.C, to raise money for FFA programs and activities
  • 1946

    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 paid the supreme sacrifice losing their lives in the war
  • 1947

    the first national FFA band performs at the national FFA convention
  • 1948

    The first FFA chorus and national FFA talent program held at the national FFA convention
  • 1949

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

    The Rhode island FFA association with 5 chapters and 82members is chartered FFA is in all 48 states plus the territory of Hawaii and Puerto Rico
  • 1952

    The FFA code of ethics is adopted
  • 1953

    The U.S post office department issues a special 3-cent postage stamp the cost of mailing first-class letters than to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FFA the first stamps were released in Kansas City MO during the national FFA convention
  • 1955

    photo of American state 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 national FFA center is dedicated in Alexandria, Va on land that was once part of George Washington estate an FFA camp had been located here earlier
  • 1964

    FFA sells its one-millionth FFA jacket
  • 1965

    NFA merges with FFA increasing FFA membership by more than 50,000
  • 1966

    The first FFA national agriculture career show is held at the national FFA convention to highlight educational and career opportunities in agriculture
  • 1967

    Elmer J. Johnson helps develop the FFA archives at the national FFA center
  • 1968

    The delegated body of the national FFA convention establishes alumni class of membership as part of the constitution
  • 1970

    New York's Anita Decker and new Jerseys Patricia Krowicki become the first two female delegates to the national convention
  • 1971

    the national FFA Alumni association is established
  • 1973

    FFA official dress standards are created
  • 1974

    President Gerald Ford speaks at the national FFA convention the speech is carried live on network television
  • 1975

    Food for America program launches
  • 1976

    Alaska becomes the last of the 50 states to obtain a national charter