History of FFA

Brenden Slaney

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The FFA derived from a rich history in the United States. From humble beginnings, this organization became one of the most popular activities in which young people participate.

In 1917, the Smith-Hughes Act was created, establishing vocational education in the classroom. Later, in 1925, the Future Farmers of Virginia established itself to exchanged ideas between each other to determine how to help other’s farm succeed. In 1950, a bill passed that granted the a national charter that created the role of national FFA Advisor fo U.S. Department of Education staff members. In 1974, Fred McClure of Texas became the first African-American elected to a national FFA office. Two years later, Julie Smiley of Washington became the first female elected to a national FFA office. In 1988, Future Farmers of America changed its name to National FFA Organization to better reflect the expanded agricultural opportunities encompassing science, business and technology, in addition to production farming. In 2007, membership broke the half-million mark with 500,823 members in 7,358 chapters.

The FFA remains one of the most beloved organizations in which both high schoolers and middle schoolers participate; this organization saw much change in its lifetime and will undoubtably see more to come.