Timeline of the FFA

Events

Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act

1917

The Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act allowed for agricultural education to be taught in school.

Future Farmers of America was founded

1928

Leslie Applegate was named the first National President.

National blue and corn gold became the official colors

1929

The Official FFA Creed (written by E.M. Tiffany) was adopted

1930

• Female membership was denied
• First Official Dress was adopted (dark blue shirt, blue/white pants, blue cap, yellow tie)

NFA was founded

1935

The New Farmers of America was founded for African-American males.

NFA merged with FFA

1965

Both of the organizations combined under the FFA as one.

Julie Smiley was the first female elected into national office

1976

Jan Eberly became the first female national president

1982

Future Farmers of American changed its name to the National FFA Organization

1988

The change of the name was to portray to members that FFA was far more than just farming.

First female to win the American Star Farmer Award was Karlene Lindow

2002