MILESTONES IN FFA HISTORY 1917 - Courses in vocational agriculture under the Smith-Hughes Act were first established. 1926 - The American Royal Livestock and Horse Show invited vocational agriculture students to Kansas City, Missouri, to participate in National Livestock Judging Contests. 1928 - The Future Farmers of America was established in Kansas City, Missouri. 1929 - Carl Patton of Arkansas, was selected as the first Star Farmer of America. 1930 - Official FFA Creed and Colors were adopted. The National Public Speaking Contest began. 1939 - The FFA purchased 28.5 acres of land which was part of George Washington's estate. 1944 - The National FFA Foundation, Inc. was founded. The first Agricultural Proficiency program, Ag Mechanics, was started. 1947 - The National FFA Convention Band program begins. 1948 - First International Exchange program for FFA members begins. The National FFA Supply Service began operation. The National FFA Convention Chorus began. 1949 - FFA members celebrate the First National FFA Week which coincides with George Washington's birthday. 1950 - The Congress of the United States ratifies public law 740, granting the FFA a Federal Charter. 1952 - The National FUTURE FARMER magazine was first published. 1953 - The United States Post Office Department issues a special stamp commemorating the silver anniversary of the FFA. President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed the Silver Anniversary National FFA Convention. 1958 - Local Chapters begin distributing the first annual official FFA calendar. 1959 - Dedication of the new FFA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, took place during the first National Leadership Training Conference. 1965 - Future Farmers of America merge with the New Farmers of America. 1966 - First Agricultural Career Show was held at the National FFA Convention. 1969 - All rights and privileges of National FFA membership expand to include women. Ken Dugan of Arizona is named the first Star Agribusinessman of America. 1970 - Building Our American Communities (BOAC) Program was started. 1971 - National FFA Alumni Association is formed. 1974 - Nationwide coverage was given to President Gerald Ford's address to the National FFA Convention. 1975 - Food for America Program is launched. 1976 - First World Conference in Agricultural Education was held. 1977 - 50th National FFA Convention is held November 9-11 in Kansas City 1978 - President Jimmy Carter addressed the 51st National FFA Convention. A commemorative marker designated the site of the founding of the FFA was unveiled in Kansas City, Missouri. 1979 - First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest was held. 1980 - Construction began on the FFA National hall of achievement. The President's Energy Challenge competition was established. The National FFA Foundation raised $1,000,000 in one year for the first time. 1981 - The FFA TIMES newspaper was published at the national convention. 1983 - The Ag Ed Network, FFA's computerized information service, was created. The Computers in Agriculture Award Program and the National FFA Scholarship Program were established. 1984 - The FFA released its first TV Public Service Announcements featuring Eddie Albert. 1985 - ACCESS subscription computer service was established. The first National TV Special "Agriculture's Next Generation: A CONFLICT OF INTEREST," aired. The National FFA Foundation raised $2,000,000 in a single year for the first time. 1986 - Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award was established. 1987 - The first national television satellite broadcast of the national convention was conducted. 1988 - Agriscience Student Recognition award program was established. Delegates at the national convention changed "Future Farmers of America" to the "National FFA Organization" and approved a total of 18 constitutional amendments. 1989 - The National FUTURE FARMER magazine's name was changed to FFA New Horizons, the Official Magazine of the National FFA Organization. 1990 - Delegates at the national convention voted to raise the number of the official delegate assembly to 475. 1991 - President George Bush addressed the 64th National FFA Convention. The Virgin Islands and Guam were granted association charters and five chapters from Micronesia were granted affiliate chapter charters. 1993 - A National study was conducted on the contest and award program 1993 - National Dues increased from $3.50 to $5.00 annually. 1996 - Board of Directors vote to move National FFA Organization business office to Indianapolis, IN. 1996 - Board of Directors vote to move National FFA Convention to Louisville, KY. 1996 - Establishment of FFA Homepage on the World Wide Web. 1998 - Dedication of new National FFA Center in Indianapolis, IN. 1999 - The 72nd annual National FFA Convention was held in Louisville, KY for the first time ever.
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