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
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
1950 - The Congress of the United States ratifies public law 740, granting the FFA a Federal
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
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
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
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
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