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FFA History

1917-1988

DateEvent
1917 Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act established vocational agriculture courses
1925 Virginia Tech educators Henry Groseclose, Harry Sanders, Walter S. Newman, and Edmund C. Magill organize Future Farmers of Virginia
1928 FFA established in Kansas City, Missouri 1st National Convention held in Kansas City with 33 delegates from 18 states
1929 Colors adopted: National Blue and Corn Gold 1st Star Farmer of America: Carlton Patton of Arkansas
1930 Official FFA Creed adopted 1st National Public Speaking winner: Eduard Drace, Missouri First Official dress Uniform: Dark blue shirt, blue or white pants, blue cap, and yellow tie Boys only
1933 Blue corduroy jacket adopted FFA officers and members travelled to Washington D.C. and were greeted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1935 New Farmers of America founded in Tuskegee, Alabama Active membership exceeded 100,000
1937 National FFA Camp and leadership training school established in Washington D.C.
1939 28.5 acres purchased for 1st FFA owned National Headquarters 1st to share Star Farmer of America title: Twins Albert and Arthur Lacy of Hondo, Texas H.O. Sargent Trophy Award created
1944 Future Farmers of America Foundation formed 138,548 FFA members serving in WWII 1st National FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award presented for Ag Mechanics