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FFA History

By bebert7
  • Smith‐Hughes Vocational Education Act

    The passage of the Smith‐Hughes Vocational Education Act in 1917 not only provided federal funds to states
    for high school courses in vocational education (agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and trades and
    industries) – but it also led to the idea for an organization that is known today as the National FFA
  • Future Farmers of America formed

    In 1928, a group of vocational agriculture students were in Kansas City, Mo., for the third annual National
    Congress of Vocational Agriculture Students, which was held during the American Royal Livestock and Horse
    Show. On Nov. 20, 33 of those students from 18 states met at the Baltimore Hotel in Kansas City and formed
    the Future Farmers of America.
  • New Farmers of America established

    By 1935, FFA membership had topped 100,000 with more than 3,900 chapters in 47 states, Hawaii and Puerto
    Rico. That same year, the New Farmers of America was established to provide leadership opportunities to
    African‐American students enrolled in vocational education classes.
  • National FFA Headquarters established

    Land was purchased in Alexandria, Va., for the National FFA Headquarters in 1939
  • FFA Foundation created

    In 1944, the National
    FFA Foundation was created to raise funds from business and industry to help support the many new
    programs being developed for the growing FFA membership.
  • Public Law 740 passed

    In 1950, Public Law 740 was passed by the U.S.
    Congress, granting FFA a federal charter and requiring that a U.S. Department of Education staff member be
    the national FFA advisor.
  • FFA Merged with New Farmers of America

    FFA membership took a leap in 1965 when 58,000 members of the New Farmers of America merged with the Future Farmers of America.
  • Women Allowed to Join FFA

    Delegates at the 1969 National FFA Convention voted to allow women to be members of FFA.
  • Alaska Joins

    In 1976, Alaska became the 50th state to obtain a state charter.
  • Name Change

    In 1988, the delegates at the 61st National FFA Convention voted to change the organization’s official name
    from Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organization.
  • Goodbye Kansas City

    after 70 years in the same city, the national FFA convention was held for the last time in Kansas
    City, Mo., in 1998.
  • Headquarters Moves to Indy

    The National FFA
    Center was moved from Alexandria, Va., to Indianapolis, Ind., where a new building was dedicated on July 20,
  • Hello Louisville

    The 72nd National FFA Convention in 1999 moved to Louisville, Ky., where it remained for seven years.
  • Seeds of Hope

    Over the years, FFA has shown the value it places on service to country and community. This was never more
    evident than in 2005. Following Hurricane Katrina, the National FFA Organization raised more than $835,000
    through their Seeds of Hope campaign to help FFA members, chapters and agricultural education facilities
    affected by the hurricane.
  • Moves to Indy

    In 2006, the national FFA convention moved to Indianapolis.
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    Return to Louisville

    From 2013 ‐ 2016, the convention and
    expo will take place once again in Louisville and then return to Indianapolis in 2017.