FFA History

  • Smith-Hughes

    The Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act (both Smith and Hughes were Georgia Congressmen) established vocational agriculture courses.
  • Virginia Tech

    Virginia Tech
    Virginia Tech agricultural education teacher educators Henry Groseclose, Harry Sanders, Walter S. Newman and Edmund C. Magill organized the Future Farmers of Virginia for boys in agriculture classes. The FFV served as the model for the Future Farmers of America.
  • First National Congress Of Vocational Agriculture

    First National Congress Of Vocational Agriculture
    The American Royal Livestock Show invited vocational agriculture students to participate in national livestock judging contests in Kansas City, Mo.
  • New Farmer of Virginia

    New Farmer of Virginia
    G.W. Owens, teacher-trainer at Virginia State College, and Dr. H.O. Sargent, federal agent for agricultural education for African-Americans, U.S. Office of Education, wrote the first constitution and bylaws of the New Farmers of Virginia, an organization for African-American agriculture students.
  • First National FFA Convetion

    First National FFA Convetion
    Future Farmers of America established in Kansas City, Mo.
    First National FFA Convention held in Kansas City: 33 delegates from 18 states in attendance.
    Leslie Applegate of New Jersey selected as the first national FFA president.
    First sectional gathering of New Farmers of America members held.
  • FFA colors

    FFA colors
    National blue and corn gold adopted as official colors.
    Carlton Patton of Arkansas named first Star Farmer of America, one of the first awards created by FFA.
    At the Second National FFA Convention in November 1929, 33 states represented by 64 delegates.
    Thirty-five state associations with approximately 1,500 chapters and 30,000 members affiliated with the national organization.
  • Official FFA Creed

    Official FFA Creed
    Official FFA Creed, written by E.M. Tiffany, adopted.
    First National Public Speaking event held. Winner: Edward Drace, Missouri.
    First Official Dress uniform adopted: dark blue shirt, blue or white pants, blue cap and yellow tie.
    Delegates restricted membership to boys only.
    First Official FFA Manual printed.
  • FFA Association

    FFA Association
    Charter granted to Puerto Rico FFA association.
  • FFA Jacket

    FFA Jacket
    Blue corduroy jacket adopted as Official Dress.
    A group of FFA officers and members made a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., where they were greeted on the White House lawn by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • New Farmers of America

    New Farmers of America
    New Farmers of America founded in Tuskegee, Ala.
    Active FFA membership exceeded 100,000 members.
  • FFA camp

    FFA camp
    During national convention, action taken to establish a national FFA camp and leadership training school in Washington, D.C.
  • FFA members join war

    FFA members join war
    During World War II, when tens of thousands of FFA members served in the armed services, national FFA conventions were streamlined events where only delegates and award winners attend. In 1942, just 217 people attended the convention.
  • Foundation Formed in Washington

    Foundation Formed in Washington
    Future Farmers of America Foundation formed to raise money from business, industry, government, individuals and sponsors for FFA programs and activities.
    138,548 FFA members were serving in the Armed Services in World War II.
    First National FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award presented for Agricultural Mechanics.
  • Victory Convention

    Victory Convention
    Attendance at national FFA victory convention was 12,500. Those in attendance honored the 260,450 FFA members who served and the 7,188 who paid the supreme sacrifice.
  • Goodwill tour

    Goodwill tour
    First National FFA Band performed at national FFA convention.
    National FFA officers went to the first Goodwill tour, visiting business and industrial firms and organizations
  • National FFA Supply Service Began

    National FFA Supply Service Began
    First FFA Chorus and National FFA Talent program held at national FFA convention.
    National FFA Supply Service began operation.
    Record jump in membership from 238,269 in 1947 to 260,300 in 1948; 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.
    First FFA Week celebrated during the week of George Washington’s birthday.
  • First International Exchange Program

    First International Exchange Program for FFA members began with Young Farmers Club of Great Britain.
  • First FFA Owned National Head Quarters

    First FFA Owned National Head Quarters
    28.5 acres of land purchased near Alexandria, Va., for the first FFA-owned national headquarters; the land was part of George Washington’s estate.
    Identical twins Albert and Arthur Lacy of Hondo, Texas, become the only members ever to share the title of Star Farmer of America.
    The “H.O. Sargent Trophy Award” was created to honor H.O. Sargent’s commitment to helping NFA members achieve success and leadership in agriculture.
  • Congress Passed Bill

    A bill was passed by the 81st Congress of the United States that granted FFA a federal charter and specified that a U.S. Department of Education staff member be the national FFA advisor. On Aug. 30, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill, and it became Public Law 81-740.
  • FFA code of ethics

    First issue of The National Future Farmer magazine published.
    FFA code of ethics adopted
  • 25th Anniversary of FFA

    The U.S. Post Office Department issued a special stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FFA.
    President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first president to speak at a national FFA convention.
  • Time magazine

    Photo of American Star Farmer Joe Moore was on the cover of Time magazine
  • Harry S. Truman

    Former President Harry S. Truman spoke during the national convention.
  • Certificate of Appreciation

    The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis presented NFA with a Certificate of Appreciation.
  • First National Leadership Training Conference

    First National FFA Center dedicated in Alexandria, Va., on land that had originally been used as the national FFA camp.
    Firsst national leadership traininf held
  • NFA Merged With FFA

    New Farmers of America merged with the Future Farmers of America.
  • First FFA National Agricultural Career

    First FFA National Agricultural Career Show held at national FFA convention to highlight educational and career opportunities in agriculture.
  • Elmer J. Johnson

    He helped develop FFA archives at the National FFA center
  • Richard M. Nixon

    President Richard Nixon attended national FFA convention in Kansas City.
  • FFA For Girls

    FFA opened 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, named.
    Washington Conference (now called the Washington Leadership Conference) began.
    Delegate body of the national FFA convention established alumni class of membership as part of the constitutio
  • BOAC

    The National FFA Alumni Association chartered as an affiliate of the National FFA Organization. Building our American communities.
  • FFA Alumni

    National FFA alumni association founded.
  • Dress Standard

    FFA Official Dress standards created.
  • First African-American

    Fred McClure from Texas was the first African-American elected to a national FFA office.
    President Gerald Ford was the guest speaker at national FFA convention; the speech was carried live on network television.
  • Food For America

    Food For America program launched.
    Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter – a former FFA member – spoke at the national FFA convention.
  • First Female Vice President

    Julie Smiley of Washington was the first female elected to a national office.
    Alaska became the last of the 50 states to obtain a national charter.
  • Jimmy Carter

    President Jimmy Carter addressed the 51st National FFA Convention.
  • Christe Peterson

    First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Event held and won by Christe Peterson of Wisconsin.
  • $1 Million

    The National FFA Foundation raised $1 million in one year for the first time.
  • Jan Eberly

    Jan Eberly, from California, became the first female national FFA president.
  • Ad Ed Network

    Ad Ed Network, the FFA computerized information service, was launched
  • First FFA TV public

    First FFA TV public service announcement broadcast
  • First Agriscience

    First Agriscience teacher of the year award presented to Steven McKay from Boonvile, Cali
  • Vice president George H. W. Bush

    Vice President George H. W. Bush spoke at national convention; Bush was elected president in 1988.
  • Changed it's name

    Future Farmers of America changed its name to the National FFA Organization to reflect the growing diversity in the industry of agriculture.
    Seventh and eighth grade students permitted to become FFA members.
    Agriscience Student Recognition Program introduced.
  • FFA New Horizons

    The National Future Farmer magazine changed its name to FFA New Horizons.
  • PALS

    Partners in Active Learning Support program launched.
    Delegates vote "No" to new FFA creed during the 63rd National FFA Convention.
  • Virgin Islands and Guam

    Chapters in the Virgin Islands and Guam, along with five chapters in Micronesia, chartered.
  • Corey Flournoy

    Corey Flournoy, from Illinois, was the first African-American to be elected national FFA president; he was also the first urban student leader.
  • First H.O. Sargent Awards

    H.O. Sargent Award reinstated, promoting diversity among chapters.
    FFA announced its decision to move the National FFA Center from Alexandria, Va., to Indianapolis, Ind.
    FFA announced its decision to move the national FFA convention from Kansas City, Mo., to Louisville, Ky.
    The official website for FFA, www.FFA.org, debuted.
  • Internship Awards

    First Agri-Entrepreneurship Awards presented.
  • FFA center in Indianapolis

    National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Ind., dedicated July 20.
    Agricultural Education National Headquarters dedicated in Alexandria, Va.
    National convention held in Kansas City, Mo., for the last time.
    Jose Santiago elected to national office; he was the first member from Puerto Rico to serve as a national officer.
    The 105th Congress of the United States reviewed and passed technical amendments to Public Law 81-740 (Aug. 30, 1950). Public Law 105-225 passed on Aug. 12.
  • Michael Van Winkle

    72nd National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Ky., for the first time.
    First National Creed Speaking event held. Winner: Michael Van Winkle, Arkansas.
  • Delegates at the national FFA convention approved

    Delegates at the national FFA convention approved the Discovery FFA Degree for middle school students.
    The National FFA Archives at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis opened.
  • Steven Offer

    First National Star in Agriscience named: Steven Offer, Wisconsin.
    First National Star in Agricultural Placement named: Nicholas Streff, South Dakota.
  • 75th National FFA convention

    First female Star Farmer named: Karlene Lindow, Wisconsin.
    Official Dress standards revised.
    75th National FFA convention held in louisville.
  • Javier Moreno

    Javier Moreno, Puerto Rico, elected national president; he became the first person with a native language other than English and the first Puerto Rican elected as national FFA president.
  • First Live Wedcast

    First live webcast of national FFA convention premiered on www.FFA.org.
  • Seed of Hope

    National FFA launched Seeds of Hope, a fundraising campaign to rebuild Gulf Coast states’ agricultural education and FFA programs following Hurricane Katrina; $835,699 in donations distributed to affected programs.
    The National FFA Foundation broke the $10 million mark in raising money for FFA programs and services.
  • 79th National FFA Convention

    National FFA Foundation receives first $1 million contribution from the Ford Motor Company.
    79th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., for the first time, with 54,489 in attendance.
    Endorsement of agricultural education’s long-range goal of 10,000 quality agricultural education programs by 2015, where every student is a member of FFA and has a relevant SAE.
  • Merchandise

    The National FFA Merchandise Center opened its doors in Indianapolis, Ind.
    Membership broke the half-million mark with 500,823 members in 7,358 chapters.
    FFA New Horizons added online feature, www.FFAnewhorizons.org.
  • Networking Site

    FFA member networking site FFA Nation launched.
    Board made the decision to rotate the national convention between Louisville and Indianapolis, beginning with Louisville in 2013.
  • 40 years of women

    FFA celebrated 40 years of women in the organization.
  • Dr. Larry

    Dr. Larry Case retired after 26 years as national FFA advisor.
    FFA celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of New Farmers of America during the 83rd National FFA Convention.
    Six college-age FFA members traveled to Zambia for the FFA Global Outreach: Africa program.
    FFA members earned a record 3,449 American FFA Degrees.
  • Alumni Association

    The National FFA Alumni Association celebrated its 40th anniversary.
    FFA celebrated Native Americans in FFA, agriculture and agricultural education during the 84th National FFA Convention.
    Steve A. Brown named national advisor.
    The Agricultural Career Network launched.
  • FFA celebrates Latinos/Hispanics

    The National FFA Foundation received a record of more than $16.2 million in support of FFA.
    FFA members and supporters packed 1,005,048 meals during the convention and expo’s FFA Rally to Fight Hunger.
    FFA celebrates Latinos/Hispanics in FFA, agriculture and agricultural education during the convention and expo.
  • Membership hits all-time high

    Membership hits all-time high with 579,678 members in 7,570 chapters.
    The 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville has a record attendance of 62,998 members, teachers, supporters and guests.
    FFA members earn a record 3,578 American FFA Degrees.
    Ram Truck's "So God Made a Farmer" Super Bowl commercial exceeds 18 million views on YouTube; company donates $1 million to FFA
    Sherene Donaldson named first female national FFA executive secretary.
  • A record 65,173 FFA members

    A record 65,173 FFA members, advisors and guests attend the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Expo returns to Indianapolis.

    Membership hits all-time high with 649,355 members in 7,859 chapters.
    National FFA Convention & Expo returns to Indianapolis.