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1 Chapter Selections Chapter Selections Chapter Overview History Foundation Band, Chorus and TalentBand, Chorus and Talent Supply Service FFA International Alumni Star Awards Name Change FFA Opens Its DoorsFFA Opens Its Doors

2 As a newcomer, becoming familiar with the FFAs history and its purpose will help you understand how you can benefit from all the organization has to offer. J ust as agriculture in the United States has a long and colorful history, so does the National FFA Organization. The initial idea for forming the organization began in 1917 when Congress passed the National Vocational Education Act which established vocational agriculture classes. T his act is also known as the Smith-Hughes Act, after the two congressman who wrote the legislation. Would you like to read the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917? Smith-Hughes Act of 1917? C H A P T E R T W O

3 The National Vocational Education Act, passed by Congress in 1917, established classes in vocational agriculture.The National Vocational Education Act, passed by Congress in 1917, established classes in vocational agriculture. I n the early 1920s, the state of Virginia formed the first Future Farmers club for boys in agriculture classes. Henry Groseclose, an agriculture teacher from Blacksburg, Virginia organized the Future Farmers of Virginia and is commonly known as the father of the FFA. It wasnt long before Future Farmer clubs were springing up across the country. C H A P T E R T W O

4 I n 1926, the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City, Missouri, invited vocational agriculture students to compete in livestock judging contests. Two years later, the students formed the Future Farmers of America to provide leadership training for farm boys. While in Kansas City for the American Royal, 33 delegates from 18 states met in the Baltimore Hotel. T his date signifies the formal beginning of the organization on November 20, 1928. National dues were set a 10 cents per member. Leslie Applegate of Freehold, New Jersey was elected as the first National FFA President. The first National Advisor was Dr. C.H. Lane First National FFA Convention held in 1928First National FFA Convention held in 1928 Leslie Applegate elected first National FFA PresidentLeslie Applegate elected first National FFA President Dr. C.H. Lane elected first National AdvisorDr. C.H. Lane elected first National Advisor C H A P T E R T W O

5 W hen the group met for its annual convention the following year, 64 delegates from 33 states participated. They named Carlton Patton from Arkansas as the first recipient of the American Star Farmer awards and selected national blue and corn gold as the organizations official colors. C H A P T E R T W O

6 FFA Creed Adopted A s the organization grew, the members started building traditions. By 1930, E.M. Tiffany (Erwin Milton) had written the FFA Creed, and it was approved by delegates at the third National FFA Convention. The creed was revised in 1965, 1987, and again in 1990. However, the basic values and beliefs have remained consistent, forming a solid foundation in which the principles of the organization are based. The FFA Creed was written by E.M. Tiffany of Wisconsin and was approved by convention delegates in 1930The FFA Creed was written by E.M. Tiffany of Wisconsin and was approved by convention delegates in 1930 Print a copy of the FFA CreedPrint a copy of the FFA Creed Watch the FFA Creed! C H A P T E R T W O

7 T he official blue corduroy jacket was also born in the 1930s. Dr. Gus Lintner, then advisor of the Fredericktown, Ohio, FFA Chapter, was looking for an appropriate uniform for the Fredericktown Band which was to appear at the National FFA Convention. Lintner designed the first jacket in 1933. The crisp blue jacket caught the attention of the official delegates who voted to adopt it as the organizations official dress. Blue Corduroy Jackets Debuts in Kansas City Dr. Gus Lintner of Ohio designed the first FFA jacketDr. Gus Lintner of Ohio designed the first FFA jacket My state was chartered in___________ and has _______ members.My state was chartered in___________ and has _______ members. C H A P T E R T W O

8 1939 FFA purchases 28.5 acres1939 FFA purchases 28.5 acres FFA Foundation formed in 1944FFA Foundation formed in 1944 Delegates at the 1947 National Convention listened to the first National FFA BandDelegates at the 1947 National Convention listened to the first National FFA Band More Firsts I n 1939, FFA purchased 28.5 acres of land which was once part of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate near Alexandria, Virginia. The National FFA Center has been relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana. Watch the Virtual Tour Foundation Formed I n 1944, the National FFA Foundation, Inc., the non- profit, fund-raising arm of the organization was formed. Almost all of the FFAs awards and incentives. A nd incentives are made possible through private donations by businesses and individuals to the Foundation. It is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, and is governed by a board of individuals from business and industry. C H A P T E R T W O

9 Band, Chorus, and Supply Service D elegates at the 1947 National convention were treated to music from the first National FFA Band, directed by Dr. Henry S. Brunner. The next year the band was joined by the National FFA Chorus and the National FFA Talent Program. T he National FFA Supply Service began operation in 1948. It was originally formed to supply all members with quality FFA jackets and chapter equipment. Today, the supply company operation markets everything from jackets to jewelry and teddy bears wearing FFA t- shirts. C H A P T E R T W O

10 The 1950s T he National FUTURE FARMER magazine (now New Horizons) was approved by National Convention delegates in 1952 and the Code of Ethics was adopted. F FA marked its silver anniversary in 1953. The U.S. Postal Service issued a special commemorative stamp to mark the occasion, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed the National Convention. C H A P T E R T W O

11 FFA Goes International W hile continuing its rapid growth within the United States, in 1955 the organization established its international programs. FFA assisted in the formation of similar organizations around the world. Now you can travel to more than 30 countries through a number of FFA exchange programs. C H A P T E R T W O

12 Membership Opens To African Americans And Women T he 1960s were turbulent years within the United States. Dr. Martin Luther King JR. led the civil rights movement and women marched for equality. The integration of public schools brought with it a merger between the FFA and the New Farmers of America, the organization for African American agriculture students. P rior to the merger, the NFA operated in 13 southern states, including the state of New Jersey. The NFA jacket and emblem were similar to the FFAs. Over 50,000 NFA members became part of the FFA in 1965. C H A P T E R T W O

13 FFA opened its doors to female members in 1969.FFA opened its doors to female members in 1969. FFA began publishing the National Future Farmer magazine in 1952.FFA began publishing the National Future Farmer magazine in 1952. FFA merged with the African American agriculture organization, the New Farmers of America in 1965.FFA merged with the African American agriculture organization, the New Farmers of America in 1965. A constitutional amendment opened the doors of membership to female agriculture students and was passed by convention delegates in 1969. Today, more than one- fourth of FFA membership is female. Read the FFA Constitution. C H A P T E R T W O

14 Alumni Association Created B y the early 1970s, the need for a separate organization for former FFA members became apparent. The National FFA Alumni Association was created in 1971 to fill this demand. T he alumni association exists to support agricultural education, primarily the FFA student organization. C H A P T E R T W O

15 National Future Farmers of America Becomes National FFA Organization T he ever evolving world of agriculture prompted delegates at the 1988 National Convention to change the official name of the organization, while opening membership to middle school students 1988, Organization changes name to National FFA Organization.1988, Organization changes name to National FFA Organization. 1989, the National Future Farmer becomes the FFA New Horizons.1989, the National Future Farmer becomes the FFA New Horizons. 1990, delegates approved the fixed 475 delegate apportionment system.1990, delegates approved the fixed 475 delegate apportionment system. Chapter Selections C H A P T E R T W O


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