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FFA Then and Now. A look back at how the FFA became what it is today. FFA History. 1917 Congress passed Smith-Hughes Act established agriculture classes 1920’s Future Farmers of Virginia formed Henry Groseclose -”Father of the FFA”

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ffa then and now

FFA Then and Now

A look back at how the FFA became what it is today.

ffa history
FFA History
  • 1917 Congress passed Smith-Hughes Act
    • established agriculture classes
  • 1920’s Future Farmers of Virginia formed
    • Henry Groseclose-”Father of the FFA”
  • 1926 American Royal in Kansas City invited vocational agriculture students to judge livestock
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FFA History
  • 1928 Walt Disney draws Mickey Mouse for Kansas City Star
  • 1928 1st National Convention in Kansas City’s Baltimore Hotel

1st President - Leslie Applegate

1st Nat. Advisor - Dr. C.H. Lane

Dues set at $0.10

  • 1929 Carton Patton 1st American Star Farmer
  • National Blue and Corn Gold official colors
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FFA History
  • 1930 FFA Creed Adopted

written by E.M. Tiffany

3rd national convention

revised in 1965, 1987, and 1990

  • 1930 Montana FFA chartered
  • 1933 FFA Jacket adopted as official dress
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FFA History
  • 1939 National FFA Center located on part of the original estate of George Washington in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1944 National FFA Foundation Formed

non-profit fundraising part of FFA

private donations fund awards

Foundation raises $6 million annually

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FFA History
  • 1947 National FFA Band
  • 1948 National FFA Chorus
  • 1948 National FFA Supply Service Formed

Official Jackets

Awards

Anything FFA

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FFA History
  • 1950 Public Law 740 granted National FFA a Federal Charter

FFA recognized as “intracurricular” part of the agriculture education program

  • 1952 National Future Farmer magazine published

now called FFA New Horizon

  • 1952 Code of Ethics adopted
  • 1952 Plentywood FFA chartered
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FFA History

  • 1955 FFA in Japan, Brazil, Columbia, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Thailand
  • 1955 International Student exchange programs begun

can now travel to 30 countries

  • 1965 NFA merged with FFA

NFA (New Farmers) African American

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FFA History
  • 1969 Girls admitted to FFA
  • 1969 First Star Agribusinessman
  • 1971 National FFA Alumni founded

support agriculture education

  • 1972 Montana FFA Alumni founded
  • 1972 Plentywood FFA Alumni founded
  • 1988 Name changed to National FFA Organization
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FFA History
  • 1989 National Future Farmer changed to FFA New Horizons