In 1917 Congress passed the National Vocational Act aka SMITH HUGHES ACT. It created agriculture classes throughout the country.
Early 1920’s Virginia formed the first Future Farmers club for boys in agriculture classes.
First Livestock Contest
1926: First vocational agriculture students participated in National Livestock judging Contests.
First National FFA convention
First National FFA Convention in Kansas City: 64 delegates from 33 states.
Launched FFA organization
While in Kansas City 33 delegates from 18 states met at the Hotel Baltimore and launched the FFA Organization.
1929 National blue & corn gold adopted as official colors.The blue reminds us that the FFA is a national organization and gold reminds us that corn is a native American crop grown in every state.
Offical FFA Creed
Official FFA Creed Adopted. It was written by Erwin Milton Tiffany (E.M.) of Wisconsin.
First Speaking event
First National Public Speaking event.
Blue corduroy jacket adopted as official dress.
New Farmers of America National Organization founded.
FFA was a agricultural student organization for African American students. First meetinng May 1927.
Land purchased for first FFA owned national headquarters.
National FFA Founded and First National awards
National FFA Foundation founded and first National Proficiency Awards presented.
FFA Band and Exchange
1st National FFA Band at National Convention. First international exchange program for FFA members.
Public Law 740
First Federal Charter passed by Congress.Federal Law makes FFA an intra-curricular part of the educational program.
"The National Future Farmer" magazine
First issue of national FFA magazine “The National Future Farmer”-informed students about FFA & Agriculture. FFA Code of Ethics Adopted.The Code of Ethics is a pledge by FFA members to conduct themselves as professional young adults at all times..
First Commemorative FFA stamp issued by the US Post Office.
FFA Center in Virginia
Dedication of 1st National FFA Center in Alexandria, Virginia
Merging FFA and NFA
1965: Merger of New Farmers of America & Future Farmers of America. An increase of membership as all races were allowed.
FFA Creed was revised in 1965 & 1990.
First Career Show
First FFA National Agricultural Career Show at National Convention.
Membership was opened to female students.At the 42nd National Convention delegates voted to open membership to female students.
First Alumni Group
National FFA Alumni Association Formed. It was formed to help former members stay involved in FFA.
First Student Handbook
First FFA Student handbook published.
FFA Golden Anniversary.
Golden Anniversary Convention.
Noting FFA Finding in Kansas City
Commemorative marker noting site of FFA founding unveiled in Kansas City, Missouri.
First Extemporaneous Event
First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Event.
FFA Name changes
National Convention student leaders voted to change the name to the National FFA Organization.
"FFA New Horizons"
The magazine was renamed “FFA New Horizons” to reflect the changing face of agriculture education & FFA.
FFA Creed Revised again
FFA creed revised for the second time after 1965.
Virgin Islands and Guam join
Virgin Islands & Guam chartered as state associations.
H.O. Sargent Awards presented.
First Entrepreneurship Awards presented.
FFA Center in Indianaopolis
Dedication of the National FFA Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
First FFA convention in Kentucky
National FFA Convention held for the 1st time in Louisville, Kentucky, and first National Creed Speaking Event.