National FFA Organization By ryanmarlowe1 Apr 6, 1793 eli whitney In 1793 Eli Whitney developed the cotton gin. Jul 7, 1831 reaper invented In July od 1831 Cyrus Mccormick invented the reaper. Mar 6, 1874 Barbed Wire In 1874 Joseph glidden invented barbed wire. Mar 3, 1879 Anna Baldwin Anna Baldwin invents a miliking machine that milks cows in 1879. Nov 5, 1904 Benjamin Holt tractor In 1904 Benjamin Holt invented the tractor. It was used to work the deep peat soils. Jan 27, 1917 Smith Hughes act Established funding for vocational agriculture in high school. Jan 27, 1920 Virginia starts future farmers clubs for boy In 1920 virginia was the first state to have future farmers clubs for boys. Jan 27, 1928 FFA becomes 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 is formed NFA (new farmers of america) was formed for black male students. Jan 27, 1950 FFA receives federal charter FFA became one of a few student organizations to receive a federal charter from congress (public law 740) Jan 27, 1965 FFA and NFA In 1965 FFA and the NFA merge Jan 27, 1969 Girls allowed in FFA In 1969 girls were allowed in the ffa for the first time. Mar 7, 1986 Gene gun Between 1983- 1986 John Sanford invented the Gene gun. Jan 27, 1988 Name change The name changed from future farmers of america to national ffa organization to reflect the growing diversity in agriculture. Jan 27, 2012 National Convention In 2012 the national convention completes 7 year run in Indianapolis and returns to Louisville Kentucky in 2013 for 3 years.