FFA history timeline

  • Smith Hughes act

    The smith Hughes National Vocational Education Act established vocational agriculture courses.
  • Virginia Tech agricultural education

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

    The first National Congress of Vocational Agriculture Students assembles for a National Livestock and Horse Show in Kansas City MO.
  • Agriculture education for African Americans

    H.O Sargent, a federal agent for agriculture education for African Americans at the U.SOffice 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-Americans agriculturalist students. The organization holds its first state rally that same year.
  • First National FFA covention

    The first National FFA Convention has held in Kansas MO. 33 delegates from 18 states are attending.
  • National FFA colers

    National Blue and corn gold are adopted as official FFA colors.
  • FFA creed

    Official FFA creed, written by E.M. Tiffiny, is adopted.
  • FFA radio

    The National FFA Radio Program on NBC is lanched.
  • Purto Rico

    A character is granted to the Purto Rico FFA Association.
  • Cordoroy Jacket

    The Blue Corduroy jacket is adopted as the official dress.
  • NFA

    NFA is founded as a national organization as the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
  • FFA convention

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

    The H.O. Sargent award is created to honor H.O. Sargent's commitment to helping NFA members achieve success and leadership in agriculture.
  • World war 2

    During world war 2, delegates revise FFA membership rules so time served in the armed forces will not count in determining a member's period of eligibility.
  • Future farmers of America

    The Future Farmers of America Foundation is formed in Washington, D.C., raise money for FFA programs and activities.
  • Victory convention

    Attendance at the national FFA victory convention is 12,500. those in attendance honor the 260,450 FFA members who served at the 7,188 who paid the supreme sacrifice, losing their lives in the war.
  • FFA band

    The first national FFA band performs at the national FFA convention.
  • FFA chouras

    The first FFA chorus and national FFA talent program is held at the national FFA convention.
  • Exchange program

    The first international exchange program for FFA members begins with the young farmers club of great britain.
  • Rhod island

    The Rhode island FFA association. with five chapters and 82 members, is charted-- FFA is in all 48 states, plus the territory of Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
  • Code ethic

    The FFA code of ethics is adopted.
  • Members

    FFA members reach 363,369 members.
  • photo of america

    The photo of American star farmer Joe Moore is on the cover of Time magazine.
  • President

    Former President Harry S. Truman speaks during the national FFA convection.
  • Foundation

    The national foundation for infantile paralysis presents NFA with a certificate of Appreciation.
  • leadership training

    FFA holds its first national leadership training conference for state officers in Washington D.C.
  • jacket

    FFA sells its millionth FFA jacket.
  • NFA and FFA

    NFA merges with FFA increasing FFA membership by more than 50,000.
  • agriculture carere

    The first FFA national agriculture carer show is held at the national FFA convention to highlight educational and carer opportunities in agriculture.
  • FFA center

    Elmer J. johnson helps develop the FFA archives at the national FFA center.
  • presidential canadate

    presidential candidate Richard m. Nixon speaks at the national FFA convention. Nixion is elected u.s president the following month.
  • first american star

    ken Dungan from Arizona is named the first American star in agribusiness.
  • national convection

    New yorks any decker and new jerseys Patrick krowicki become the first women delegates to the national convention.
  • program begins

    The building of our American communities programs began.
  • dress standerds

    FFA official dress standards are created.
  • speech

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

    food for America launches.
  • alaska

    Alaska becomes the last of the 50 states to obtain a national character.
  • president jimmy carter

    President jimmy carter speaks at the 51st National FFA convection again this time as a u.s. president.
  • extreamproducte public speaking

    Christi Peterson from Wisconson wins the first extremes public speaking event
  • FFA foundation

    National FFA raises I million dollars in one year for the first time
  • first female president

    jan Eberly from California becomes the first female national FFA president
  • ag ed network

    The ag network, the organization's computerized informational service, was launched.
  • FFA tv

    the first FFA tv public service announcement air.