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Video is gonna be on a brief history of ffa. There notice the timeline. I i have here i want you to look at some of the the eras.
Though the ffa is experienced over over time for instance if we take a look at 1917. This was to establish money for public schools in agriculture in particular father. The ffa creed and during that time.
There was a lot of other things going on creeds and colors adopted purchase of george washington state and so on so as you listen to this video. I want you to also take a look at what was going on at that time as as far as in our country. But also what some of the eras were theres definitely in each of the decades are in and in some of those years.
There was definitely some commonality amongst it so were gonna find that out in just a moment. So as youre going through this a video. Its really important to note the date as well as the people are involved because its the people who really made the difference and they were all very passionate about passing on their knowledge and their wisdom about agricultural education.
First started of course in 1928. The very first president was the leslie applegate heres a picture of him as you can see. And he was elected by 33 members that represented 18 states in the hotel baltimore and kansas city missouri.
And its its really important to note that there was a very kind of a small organization. However it was catching on quite rapidly. But before this could happen.
Some other things had to kind of go in place. So. Lets kind of go back in time first of all it was 1917 and we were in the great depression and one of the the biggest problems and the united states was are not only a feeling economy.
But the other reason. It was failing is because our farms were failing due to poor cultivation practices like rotational rotating crops and taking care of the soil and a drought on top of it our food systems were also failing. So we needed to establish a good agricultural research.
As well as good a greek oral education. So at that particular time. What we had is the smiths hewes act was passed the federal government said look we gotta provide money for public education.
So they can offer agriculture courses in the public school setting and we had that two gentlemen. I have congressman and a senator from georgias georgia and they provided funding by this particular piece of legislation called the smith hughes act of 1917. There that could the forerunners of todays carls perkins money and they were establishing vocational training in public schools.
Then also uh shortly after that in 1920. A gentleman by the name of henry girls clothes established and laid down a kind of a formula. If you will of what ffv sr future farmers of virginias because throughout that time they as these clubs were starting to form in these high schools.
They called them aggie clubs and these aggie clubs were the forerunners of todays ffa chapters. But henry groseclose came up with with ideas on how to make things extremely accessible. The students he put together consistency in judging teams.
And this was going to lay the groundwork for what was going to happen in about eight years for the future farmers of america. So he was hes been credited as the one to lay down that that that road work for us and then in 1930. What we we have is the third national convention convenes.
And when it does are they adopt something in written by iam tiffany is called the ffa creed. It gave them direction. It gave them a purpose.
And it really changed. Very little ever since also the colors national blue and korengal gold. Were also adopted.
But in 1953. Something else took place. Dr.
Gus lintner of ohio. Came up with a design for a jacket. Because at that time they had kind of a funky little hat on there in their head.
They had kind of a khaki shirt and it really wasnt very unifying. It wasnt very well noticeable. So.
Dr. Lidner came up with this plan and heres an example of one of those jackets. It was all pretty much hand stitched very distinctive emblem with definitely meeting a blue corduroy jacket and it was a very distinctive look its iconic now and the heck these jackets.
Elf are quite a bit now these vintage vintage ones. Even if theyre faded and of course out torn a little bit so in 1933. A group from ohio.
I think it was fredericks town. I believe it was ohio came out fitting these jackets. Everybody had that i have him and later were adopted as the official uniform then the 1939 ffa took a huge leap to establish itself as an organization.
A national organization with a purchase of george washingtons 28 and a half acres a portion of his estate in alexandria virginia. This was going to be the future site of the headquarters as well as the ffa center. So you purchase some of the paraphernalia.
You need to read a chapter. But also at in 1944. We also established the national foundation.
It was a group of volunteers and business people etc. That would put together fundraising opportunities to raise money for scholarships and ffa activities throughout. The united states and of course then the national supply service was also formed so we could get all of our print materials.
Some of our awards and our decorations and heres a picture of of course. The national ffa center and in alexandria virginia. Im getting a very kind of distinctive building.
But later would become just kind of a companion aside because later on it would move then in the 1950s in the 1950s. Some more legislation came into play and it gave us our very three integral parts or circles. If you will of agricultural education public art was granted to the national ffa ffa which meant that all of his affiliates.
Were federal charters so in order for you to have a chapter you would have to actually apply for a charter which means youd have to have a set of officers. Youd have to have a constitution and a cetera so thats why it takes about a year for a brand new chapter to kind of get get on board. Because they are theyve got to go through this process of getting a charter.
But public law. 7. 40.
Also stipulated these three circles and its basically a venn diagram and where it lays out that the classroom is the site of instruction where to get your knowledge then on top of that once youve kind of gotten that knowledge you have a supervised agricultural experience or sae that has to do with you choosing the kind of project you would like to do and then of course ffa is a component or they get leadership from the advisers as well as the activities and of course that little piece right in the center. Which says agricultural education. Thats the sweet spot.
That way you have a good balance of leadership training of practical knowledge and of course academic knowledge as well and there is now the other thing happened in 1953 was a 25th anniversary of the ffa and it just so happens i have a block of these stamps and actually theyre pretty valuable. But the united states postal service minted. These stamps and they were cut.
Theyre commemorative stamps that i believe it worth three cents each. So now theyre worth quite a bit more and also in 1950. We had 1958 came along and dwight d.
Eisenhower. The president united states was the very first president to speak at the national convention and then as as time progresses. This was a kind of a really tough time as far as civil rights this comes from the united states.
But of course. The national ffa. I wanted to be a step ahead and during this time basically from 1930 to 1965.
There was a parallel organization. Ill call the new farmers of america theyre the african america african american organization for boys who wanted to become farmers and so it was segregated so he had the nfa and the ffa and then in 1965. They merged together and they were all became ffa and pretty much helped in some of the segregation in some of the schools obviously in the south.
It was a little bit different. But they merged and and then of course in 1969. Just four years later girls were admitted to the ffa so the 60s and 70s or were times.
Where there was going to be a lot of change and in particular in the area of civil rights. Now in 1973. Coming.
The theme for that is diversity and inclusion because on the heels of those last two events in 1960s. The course continued because now african americans are going to be starting to take their place primarily in leadership positions. Like for instance.
In 1973. At the 46th national convention. A fred mcclure from texas.
Was elected a national officer and then in 1978 jimmy carter addresses. The 51st national convention. He was the first former ffa member to become the united states president and of course addressed the convention at that particular time and then the 1982 more change it was going to happen and in 1982 gm burley from california sandy.
I think was fallbrook chapter elected their first national president female president so our first female national president was jeb early 1982 and then things were starting to be starting to change quite drastically also at at the center. And the national ffa center. The new horizons magazine.
Came out it replaced. The future farmer. A virtual farmers of america magazine.
And it began to look at in to urban students began to look at those non traditional agricultural students and started to target them. And so you a kind of a fresh cleaner look to the magazine and then like i said in 1989. The national of future furniture magazine changes to new horizons and also in 1988.
We need that we made the tonight show. Because johnny carson kind of made fun. Because he was a a former ffa member of the the national ffa organization.
They changed her name from ffa to well ffa. But no longer did it actually mean future farmers of america. They just changed.
It to ffa and that was to reflect some of the growing and diversity. We had in agriculture at the time to open up the the doors and opportunities. They did 1990s lots of things were changing the effort national ffa was moving their center moving some of their some of their conventions as well.
But also 1994 our first african american national. A president whos also as an urban student was elected as president and thats kori flournoy from illinois and then the website first debuted in 1996 and the national ffa center moved from alexandria to indianapolis. Indiana.
Where it is today that was in 1998 and then in 1999. The last convention of the decade. The ffa convention actually was held for the first time in louisville kentucky moving from its original home for kansas city missouri.
And it and of course. We said goodbye to them i was i was there in 1999. And ive been in kansas city.
As well because kansas city. Just wasnt big enough anymore. And of course.
Louisville. Was was really an eye opening. It had a terrific venue and that students.
I had having terrific time there and then in 2000. Were still on the move. But in the year 2000.
We kind of embraced some of the seventh and eighth graders nationwide not so much in california. But on the east coast and south made a discovery for the middle school students. I was able to be involved on a national committee to make that happen couldnt make it in california.
However in 2001. The first national star in agriscience in 2002. We had the very first female star farmer and of course.
Xavier moreno from puerto rico. Our first is elected as national president. And he was the first porto rican to be elected of that and the first person that had other than english as as their native tongue or language was elected to president in 2005.
Ffa launched. The seeds of hope to help of a fundraiser to help all the gulf coast states kind of rebuild their. Communities and in particular that their agricultural.
Programs then raised well over 800000. And then in 2006. For the very first time.
We moved out of louisville kentucky. And for the 79th annual ffa convention has been relocated to indianapolis. Indiana.
And its been there ever since but were gonna be moving think back to louisville. I think in in 2013 to 2007. We break half a million mark in terms of membership was well over a 500 thousand with over seventy three hundred chapters in the united states and then of course in 2009.
We celebrated our 40th anniversary of women being admitted to the ffa. I hope this has given you some perspective of organization and allows you to take a look at all the accomplishments. The ffa is pretty much state in step with our national themes.
But also have been slightly ahead in terms of an inclusion and diversity well. I hope youve enjoyed this video. And i hope youve been able to kind of start piecing together our very proud and traditional history.
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