FFA History By email@example.com 1917 Smith Hughes National Act Establish agriculture courses 1925 Virginia tech agriculture education The FFV served as the model for the future farmers of america. 1926 The american royal livestock show students particapate in national live stock contest 1928 future farmers of america established in kanas city.mo first national FFA convention held in kanas 1929 National blue and corn gold adopted as offical colors The second national ffa convention in november 1929 33 states represented by 64 delegates. 1930 official ffa credit written by em tiffany first official ffa manual printed 1930 official ffa credit written by ef tiffany first manual printed 1933 blue quarter roy jacket as offical dress a group of officers made a pilgrimage to washington d.c 1935 new farmers of america founded in tusky active ffa membership exceeded 100000 members 1937 ffa camp and leadership training took place in washington 1939 28 acres of land purchased arther and lucy of hondo texas became the only members to ever share the title of star farmer america 1942 during ww2 ffa members served in armed services ffa conventions streamlined events where only delegates and award winners attended 1944 ffa raised money for buisness 138540 members served in the armed servicesw 1947 first ffa band played at ffa convention 1948 first ffa national talent program ffa week celebrated the week of george washingtons birthday 1949 First International Exchange Program for FFA members. Began with Young Farmers Club of Great Britain. 1950 On Aug. 30, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill, and it became Public Law 81-740. 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. 1952 First issue of The National Future Farmer magazine published. First issue of The National Future Farmer magazine published. 1953 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. 1957 Former President Harry S. Truman spoke during the national convention. Former President Harry S. Truman spoke during the national convention. 1958 The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis presented NFA with a Certificate of Appreciation. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis presented NFA with a Certificate of Appreciation. 1959 First National FFA Center dedicated in Alexandria, Va., on land that had originally been used as the national FFA camp. First National FFA Center dedicated in Alexandria, Va., on land that had originally been used as the national FFA camp. 1965 New Farmers of America merged with the Future Farmers of America. New Farmers of America merged with the Future Farmers of America. 1966 First FFA National Agricultural Career Show held at national FFA convention. to highlight educational and career opportunities in agriculture. 1968 President Richard Nixon attended national FFA convention in Kansas City. President Richard Nixon attended national FFA convention in Kansas City. 1969 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. 1971 The National FFA Alumni Association chartered as an affiliate of the National FFA Organization. The National FFA Alumni Association chartered as an affiliate of the National FFA Organization. 1973 FFA Official Dress standards created. FFA Official Dress standards created. 1974 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. 1975 Food For America program launched. Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter – a former FFA member – spoke at the national FFA convention. 1976 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. 1978 President Jimmy Carter addressed the 51st National FFA Convention. President Jimmy Carter addressed the 51st National FFA Convention. 1979 First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Event held and won by Christe Peterson of Wisconsin. First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Event held and won by Christe Peterson of Wisconsin. 1980 The National FFA Foundation raised $1 million in one year for the first time. The National FFA Foundation raised $1 million in one year for the first time. 1982 Jan Eberly, from California, became the first female national FFA president. Jan Eberly, from California, became the first female national FFA president. 1988 Vice President George H. W. Bush spoke at national convention; Bush was elected president in 1988. Vice President George H. W. Bush spoke at national convention; Bush was elected president in 1988. 1989 The National Future Farmer magazine changed its name to FFA New Horizons. The National Future Farmer magazine changed its name to FFA New Horizons. 1990 Partners in Active Learning Support program launched. Partners in Active Learning Support program launched. 1991 Chapters in the Virgin Islands and Guam. along with five chapters in Micronesia, chartered. 1994 Corey Flournoy, from Illinois, was the first African-American to be elected national FFA president. He was also the first urban student leader. 1996 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. 1997 First Agri-Entrepreneurship Awards presented. First Agri-Entrepreneurship Awards presented 1998 National convention held in Kansas City, Mo., for the last time. National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Ind., dedicated July 20. 1999 72nd National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Ky., for the first time. First National Creed Speaking event held. Winner: Michael Van Winkle, Arkansas. 2000 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. 2001 First National Star in Agriscience named: Steven Offer, Wisconsin. First National Star in Agricultural Placement named: Nicholas Streff, South Dakota. 2002 First female Star Farmer named: Karlene Lindow, Wisconsin. Official Dress standards revised. 2003 Javier Moreno, Puerto Rico, elected national president; he became the first person with a native language other than English the first Puerto Rican elected as national FFA president. 2004 First live webcast of national FFA convention premiered on www.FFA.org. First live webcast of national FFA convention premiered on www.FFA.org. 2005 The National FFA Foundation broke the $10 million mark in raising money for FFA programs and services. National FFA launched Seeds of Hope, a fundraising campaign to rebuild Gulf Coast states’ agricultural education and FFA programs following Hurricane Katrina. 2006 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. 2007 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. 2008 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. 2009 FFA celebrated 40 years of women in the organization. FFA celebrated 40 years of women in the organization. 2010 Dr. Larry Case retired after 26 years as national FFA advisor. FFA members earned a record 3,449 American FFA Degrees. 2011 Steve A. Brown named national advisor. The National FFA Alumni Association celebrated its 40th anniversary. 2012 The National FFA Foundation received a record of more than $16.2 million in support of FFA. FFA celebrates Latinos/Hispanics in FFA, agriculture and agricultural education during the convention and expo. 2013 Membership hits all-time high with 579,678 members in 7,570 chapters. FFA members earn a record 3,578 American FFA Degrees. 2015 A record 65,173 FFA members, advisors and guests attend the 88th National FFA Convention Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. 2016 Membership hits all-time high with 649,355 members in 7,859 chapters. National FFA Convention & Expo returns to Indianapolis.