FFA Timeline

  • 1917

    The Smith- Hughes Vocational Education Act, Passed by the U.S. Congress.
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  • 1925

    Agricultural education teacher educators Henry C. Groeclose, Harry W. Sanders, Walter S. Newman, and Edmund C. Magill met at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and organized Future Farmers of Virginia.
  • 1926

    The American Royal Livestock Show invites Vocational Agriculture students to participate in National livestock judging Contest in Kansas City, Mo
  • 1927

    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.
  • 1928

    FFA is Established at a meeting in Kansas City, Mo.
    The National FFA Convention -The First- is attended by 33 Delegates from 18 States.
    Leslie Applegate of New Jersey is Selected as the first national FFA president.
    State associations of the New Farmers of America form regional sections and hold sectional meetings.
  • 1929

    At the 2nd National FFA Convention in November 1929, 33 States are represented ny 64 Delegates.
    Thirty-Five state associations with approximately 1,500 chapter and 30,000 members are now affiliated with the national organization.
    National Blue and Corn Gold are adopted as official FFA colors.
    The Star Farmer of America award - one of the first awards created by FFA - is presented to Carlton Patton of Arkansas.
  • 1930

    -Official FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany is adopted
    -First National public speaking event is held. Winner :Edward Drace, Missouri
    -Delegates restrict membership to boys only
    -First Official FFA manual is printed
  • 1933

    -Blue Corduroy Jacket is adopted as Official dress
    -A group of FFA Officers and members travel to Washington, D.C., where they are greeted on the White House lawn by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1935

    -New Farmers of America is founded in Tuskegee, Ala.
    - Active FFA membership exceeds 100,000 members.
  • 1937

    -During the National FFA convention, Action is taken to establish a national FFA camp and keadership training FFA membership exceeds 100,000 members.
  • 1939

    -28.5 Acres of land are purchesed near Alexandria, Va., for develepment as a National FFA camp. The land had once been owned by George Washington.
    -Identical twins Albert and Arthur Lacy of Hondo, Texas, become the only members ever to share the title of Farmer of America.
  • 1942

    -During World War II, When tens of thousands of FFA members are serving in the Armed Services, National FFA convention and streamlined events where only delegates and award winners attend. In 1942, Just 217 people attend the convention
  • 1944

    -Future Farmers of America Foundation is formed to raise money from Business, Industry, Government, Individuals and Sponsors for FFa programs and activities
    -138,548 FFA members are serving in the Armed Services in World War II.
    -First National FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award is presented for Agricultural Mechanics
  • 1947

    -First National FFA Band performs at the national FFA convention.
  • 1948

    -First FFA Chorus and National FFA Talent program is held at the national FFA convention.
    -National FFA Supply Service begins operation.
    -Delegates approve the first international exchange program between FFA members and Young Farmers of Great Britain.
    -Record jump in membership from 238,269 in 1947 to 260,300 in 1948
    -First National FFA week is Celebrated during the week of George Washington's birthday
  • 1949

    -FFA is in every State.
  • 1950

    -A bill is passed by the 81st Congress of the United States that grants FFA a federal charter and specifies that a U.S. Department of education staff member be the National FFA advisor
  • 1952

    -First issue of the National Future Farmer maqgazine is published
  • 1953

    • The U.S. Post Office Department issues a special postage stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of FFA -President Dwight D. Eisenhower is the first U.S. president to speaj at a national FFA convention
  • 1957

    Former President Harry S. Truman speaks during the National FFA convention
  • 1959

    National FFA center is dedicated in Alexandria, Va., on land that had originally been used as the national FFA camp
  • 1965

    New Farmers of America merges with the Future Farmers of America
  • 1966

    -First National Agriculrutral Career Show is held at the National FFA convention to ghighlight Educational and career opportunities in agriculture
  • 1968

    President candidate Richard Nixon attends the national FFA convention in Kansas City.
  • 1969

    -FFA opens membership to girls
    -First National Star in Agribusiness, Ken Dunagan from Arizona, is named
    - FFA Washington conference
  • 1972

    -National FFA Alumni association is chartered as an affiliate of the National FFA organization
  • 1973

    -FFA Official Dress standards are created
  • 1974

    -Fred McClure is the 1st African-American to hold a National Office
    - President Gerald Ford speaks (Live on Network TV)
  • 1975

    -Governor Jimmy Carter speaks.
    -Former FFA Member
    -Future U.S. President
  • 1976

    -Julie Smiley was the 1st Female to hold National Office
    -Alaska became the 50th state to gain an FFA Charter
    -1st FFA Student Handbook Published
  • 1978

    Commemorative marker noting site of FFA founding unveiled in Kansas City, Mo
  • 1979

    1st Extemporaneous Public Speaking Event held Christe Peterson
  • 1980!

    PANG WAS BORN (Not that important)
    - National FFA foundation raises $1 Million in one year for the 1st time
  • 1980

    PALS Program launches (Partners in Active Learning Support)
  • 1982

    -Jan Eberly is the 1st female National FFA president
  • 1983-84

    • Ag Ed Network computerized Network to link all FFA chapter 1st public Service announcement airs.
  • 1986

    First Agriscience Teacher of the year Award given
  • 1987

    First National television satellite broadcast of the FFA Convention
    Vice - President George H.W. bush speaks
  • 1988

    The Name is changed
    Future Farmers of America
    National FFA Organization
    1st 7th and 8th Graders become members
    Reagan speaks Via Pre-Recorded message
  • 1990

    The National Future Farmer becomes FFA New Horizons
  • 1991

    CHapter added in 3 US Territories (Virgin Islands, Guam, Micronesia.)
  • 1994

    CHapter added in 3 US Territories (Virgin Islands, Guam, Micronesia.)
  • 1996

    Pang Gets his first accident
    1st H.O. Sargent Award
    National FFA Center Moving
    Alexandria, VA
    Indianapolis, Ind.
    Convention move Kansas City, Mo to louisville, Ky
  • 1998

    Dedication of National FFA Center in Indianapolis
    Jose’ Santiago (1st Member from Puerto Rico to hold a National Office
  • 1999

    1st National Creed Speaking Event
    Michael Von Winkle of Michigan Wins.
  • 2001

    1st National Star in Agriscience
    1st National Star in Agricultural Placement
    1st Discovery Degree (Middle School)
  • 2002

    75th National FFA convention (Louisville, Ky)
    South Anniversary Time Capsule Opened
    Mohammad Ali Recognized to Honor FFA’s Growing Diversity
    Official Dress Standards updated
    Removes White pants for Band and Choir.
  • 2003

    Javier Moreno (National President, 1st not to Speak English as Native Languag, 1st Puerto Rican President.
    Changes Fit of jacket
    Brings Back Original Colors
    FFA Live
  • 2004

    1st Live Webcast of 77th National Convention (FFA.Org)
  • 2005

    Seeds of Hope (Program to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Katrina
    FFA Foundation (Breaks $10 Million Mark)
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    -My Notes