The History of FFA

  • The Smith Hughes Act

    The Smith Hughes Act
    This act provided federal funding for the establishment of vocational agriculture in public high schools
  • Future Farmers of America is Established!

    Future Farmers of America is Established!
    The FFA Organization is established in Kansas City, Missouri. The first National FFA Convention is held here and 33 delegates from 18 states came to participate in the event.
  • The Official FFA Colors Are Selected

    The Official FFA Colors Are Selected
    National blue and corn gold are adopted as the official FFA colors. During this year, the 2nd National FFA Convention was held with even more participating. This time 33 states were being represented by 64 delegates!
  • FFA Creed Is Adopted

    FFA Creed Is Adopted
    E.M Tiffany's creed adopted, 1st national public speaking contest is held, 1st official dress adopted: dark blue shirt, blue or white pants, blue cap & yellow tie, membership restricted to only males
  • NFA Is Founded

    NFA Is Founded
    New Farmers of America founded in Tuskegee , Alabama
    Group of African American boys
  • The National FFA Foundation, Inc. is Established!

    The National FFA Foundation, Inc. is Established!
    It was established in Washington D.C., to raise money for FFA programs and activities and sponsors.Today, the foundation is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raises more than $7.3 million annually.
  • FFA International Partnerships

    FFA International Partnerships
    FFA members participate in the organization's first international exchange program with the Young Farmers Club of Great Britain. This exchange launched a major international program that included internships for students and the establishment of future farmer organizations worldwide.
  • Truman Signs Bill!

    Truman Signs Bill!
    The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 81-740, which grants the FFA a Federal Charter and stipulates that a U.S. Department of Education staff member be the National FFA Advisor. Today the FFA continues to be recognized by Congress as an intra-curricular part of the educational program.
  • NFA Merges With FFA

    NFA Merges With FFA
    The New Farmers of America, the organization for African-American agricultural students, merges with the FFA, adding 50,000 members.
  • The FFA National Agricultural Career Show

    The FFA National Agricultural Career Show
    The FFA National Agricultural Career Show, a trade show especially for students, exposes National Convention attendees to educational and career opportunities in agriculture. By 1999, 350 exhibitors participate annually in the event.
  • Women Are Admitted!

    Women Are Admitted!
    Women are allowed national membership making it possible for them to hold office and participate in competitive events at the regional and national level. Prior to this amendment women were permitted membership only at the local and state level.
  • Name Change

    Name Change
    Delegates to the National FFA Convention change "Future Farmers of America" to the "National FFA Organization" to recognize the growth of agriculture and agricultural education to encompass the more than 300 careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture. Delegates also opened FFA membership to middle school students.
  • FFA Website Created

    FFA Website Created
    The National FFA web site, National FFA Online, goes live. In 1999, there were more than 140,000 visitors per month.
  • FFA Convention In Indianapolis

    FFA Convention In Indianapolis
    79th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., for the first time, with 54,489 in attendance.
  • FFA Growth

    FFA Growth
    Membership hit all-time high with 557,318 members in 7,498 chapters. The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis had a record attendance of 56,167 members,
    teachers, supporters and guests. FFA members and supporters packed 1,005,048 meals during the convention and expo’s FFA Rally to Fight Hunger