History of the FFA organization By CWhitford Jan 27, 1917 Smith Hughes Act Established funding for vocational agriculture in high school. Jan 27, 1920 Future Farmers club for boys Virginia was the first state to have Future Farmers clubs for boys. Jan 27, 1928 FFA became a national organization FFA became a national organization. A network of teachers guided the establishment of FFA as a team effort to establish a club for boys with similar farm interests. Jan 27, 1935 NFA was formed NFA was formed (New Farmers of America) for black students. Jan 27, 1950 Federal Charter from Congress FFA became one of a few student organizations to receive a Federal Charter from Congress (Public Law 740). Jan 27, 1965 FFA and NFA merged. FFA and NFA merged. Jan 27, 1969 Girls were allowed in FFA Girls were allowed in FFA for the first time. Jan 27, 1988 Changed from FFA to National FFA organization Name change from Future Farmers of America to National FFA Organization to reflect the growing diversity in the agriculture industry. Jan 27, 2012 Runs in Indianapolis and Lousiville, Kentucky National Convention completes 7 year run in Indianapolis and returns to Louisville, Kentucky in 2013 for 3 years.