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The Mission and Strategies 3

The Emblem 4

The FFA Creed 5

Colors 5

Salute 5

Motto 5

Milestones in FFA History 6

FFA Facts 8

Years of Progress 10

Growth of the Iowa FFA Association 11

Iowa State Officers 13

American Farmer/FFA Degrees 37

Iowa Farmer/FFA Degrees 46

Honorary Iowa Farmer/FFA Degrees 125

Distinguished Service Awards 132

State FFA Leadership Conferences 135

Date and Place of State Conferences 135

Attendance at State Conferences 136

Contests/Career Development Events/Awards 137

Chapter Program of Activities 137

Public Speaking 141

Chapter Activity Exhibit 144

Parliamentary Procedure 153

Extemporaneous Speaking 155 FFA Secretary's Record Book 73

FFA Secretary’s Record Book 158

FFA Treasurer's Record Book 160

FFA Reporter's Scrapbook 162

Freshman Creed Speaking 164

Conduct of Meetings Event 167

Computers in Agriculture 168

Job Interview 169

Ag Sales Leadership 170

Agriculture Broadcasting/Journalism 171

Agriscience Student Recognition Program 172

Agriculture Discussion Meet 173

Experience the Action 174

Ag Issues and Perceptions 175

Rising Star Award 176

Public Relations Chapter Award 177

Journalism Chapter Award 180
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Iowa Farmer/FFA Stars 183

Production/Entrepreneurship Category 183

Agribusiness/Placement Category 184

Star Agribusiness Finalists 185

Star Agriscience Finalists 186

Star Placement Finalists 187

Star Production Finalists 188

District Farmer/FFA Stars 189

Iowa FFA Work Experience Abroad (WEA) Participants 195

Official FFA Calendars 195

National Recognition 196 General Information 75

Honorary American Farmer/FFA Degrees 199

Distinguished Service Awards 201

VIP Citation 201

Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award 201

National Chapter Award Program 202

Chapter Safety Program 211

Chapter Home Improvement 214

National Exhibit 215

National Agricultural Proficiency Awards 216

Building Our American Communities (BOAC) - National 243

National Chapter Award 249

Achievement in Volunteerism 253

State Winners and Rank in National Events 254

Iowa Participants in National FFA Band 260

Iowa Participants in National FFA Chorus 262

Iowa FFA Band 264

Iowa FFA Chorus 264

Iowa State Fair 265

Iowa Future Farmer/FFA Today 267

Iowa FFA Administrative Assistant 268

Active Chapters and Members 269

1995-96 269

1996-97 271

FFA Chapters Chartering Dates 273

The Mission and Strategies
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To accomplish this mission, FFA:

  • Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.

  • Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contributions to our well-being.

  • Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.

  • Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.

  • Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.

  • Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.

  • Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.

  • Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.

  • Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.

  • Promotes healthy lifestyles.

  • Encourages excellence in scholarship.

The Emblem

The national FFA emblem, consisting if five symbols, is representative of the history, goals and future of the organization. As a whole, the emblem covers the broad spectrum of the FFA and agriculture. Each element within the emblem has unique significance.

The cross section of the ear of corn provides the foundation of the emblem, just as corn has historically served as the foundation crop of American agriculture. It is also a symbol of unity, as corn is grown in every state of the nation.

The rising sun signifies progress and holds a promise that tomorrow will bring a new day glowing with opportunity.

The plow signifies labor and tillage of the soil, the backbone of agriculture and the historic foundation of our country's strength.

The eagle  is a national symbol which serves as a reminder of our freedom and ability to explore new horizons for the future of agriculture.

The owl, long recognized for its wisdom, symbolizes the knowledge required to be successful in the industry of agriculture.

The words "Agricultural Education" and "FFA" are emblazoned in the center to signify the combination of learning and leadership necessary for progressive agriculture.

The emblem and the letters "FFA" are protected by trademarks registration No. 996,642 and No. 998,731 in the U.S. Patent Office and by Public law 740, 81st Congress.

The FFA Creed

I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so - for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends on me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E.M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd national Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.


As the blue field of our nation's flag and the golden fields of ripened corn unify our country, the FFA colors of national blue and corn gold give unity to the organization. All FFA functions and paraphernalia should proudly display the colors.

The Pledge of Allegiance is the official salute of the FFA organization. To properly conduct the salute, face the United States flag, place the right hand over the left part of the chest and, holding it there, repeat the following pledge:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Learning To Do, Doing To Learn, Earning To Live, Living To Serve.

Milestones in FFA History
1917 - Courses in vocational agriculture under the Smith-Hughes Act were first established.

1926 - The American Royal Livestock and Horse Show invited vocational agriculture students to Kansas City, Missouri, to participate in National Livestock Judging Contests.

1928 - The Future Farmers of America was established in Kansas City, Missouri.

1929 - Carl Patton of Arkansas, was selected as the first Star Farmer of America.

1930 - Official FFA Creed and Colors were adopted. The National Public Speaking Contest began.

1939 - The FFA purchased 28.5 acres of land which was part of George Washington's estate.

1944 - The National FFA Foundation, Inc. was founded. The first Agricultural Proficiency program, Ag Mechanics, was started.

1947 - The National FFA Convention Band program begins.

1948 - First International Exchange program for FFA members begins. The National FFA Supply Service began operation. The National FFA Convention Chorus began.

1949 - FFA members celebrate the First National FFA Week which coincides with George Washington's birthday.

1950 - The Congress of the United States ratifies public law 740, granting the FFA a Federal Charter.

1952 - The National FUTURE FARMER magazine was first published.

1953 - The United States Post Office Department issues a special stamp commemorating the silver anniversary of the FFA. President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed the Silver Anniversary National FFA Convention.

1958 - Local Chapters begin distributing the first annual official FFA calendar.

1959 - Dedication of the new FFA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, took place during the first National Leadership Training Conference.

1965 - Future Farmers of America merge with the New Farmers of America.

1966 - First Agricultural Career Show was held at the National FFA Convention.

1969 - All rights and privileges of National FFA membership expand to include women. Ken Dugan of Arizona is named the first Star Agribusinessman of America.

1970 - Building Our American Communities (BOAC) Program was started.

1971 - National FFA Alumni Association is formed.

1974 - Nationwide coverage was given to President Gerald Ford's address to the National FFA Convention.

1975 - Food for America Program is launched.

1976 - First World Conference in Agricultural Education was held.

1977 - 50th National FFA Convention is held November 9-11 in Kansas City and "FFA at 50 - A Golden Past - A Brighter Future" history was presented carrying the following quote in the section pertaining to What They Say About FFA: "The leadership abilities developed through membership in the Future Farmers of America are vital to the future of our country. This highly successful youth organization is effectively teaching the qualities basic to success in life and business today." ROBERT D. RAY, Governor, State of Iowa

1978 - President Jimmy Carter addressed the 51st National FFA Convention. A commemorative marker designated the site of the founding of the FFA was unveiled in Kansas City, Missouri.

1979 - First Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest was held.

1980 - Construction began on the FFA National hall of achievement. The President's Energy Challenge competition was established. The National FFA Foundation raised $1,000,000 in one year for the first time.

1981 - The FFA TIMES newspaper was published at the national convention.

1983 - The Ag Ed Network, FFA's computerized information service, was created. The Computers in Agriculture Award Program and the National FFA Scholarship Program were established.

1984 - The FFA released its first TV Public Service Announcements featuring Eddie Albert.

1985 - ACCESS subscription computer service was established. The first National TV Special "Agriculture's Next Generation: A CONFLICT OF INTEREST," aired. The National FFA Foundation raised $2,000,000 in a single year for the first time.

1986 - Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award was established.

1987 - The first national television satellite broadcast of the national convention was conducted.

1988 - Agriscience Student Recognition award program was established. Delegates at the national convention changed "Future Farmers of America" to the "National FFA Organization" and approved a total of 18 constitutional amendments.

1989 - The National FUTURE FARMER magazine's name was changed to FFA New Horizons, the Official Magazine of the National FFA Organization.

1990 - Delegates at the national convention voted to raise the number of the official delegate assembly to 475.

1991 - President George Bush addressed the 64th National FFA Convention. The Virgin Islands and Guam were granted association charters and five chapters from Micronesia were granted affiliate chapter charters.

1993 - A National study was conducted on the contest and award program

1993 - National Dues increased from $3.50 to $5.00 annually.

1996 - Board of Directors vote to move National FFA Orgnization business office to Indianapolis, IN.

1996 - Board of Directors vote to move National FFA Convention to Louisville, KY.

1996 - Establishment of FFA Homepage on the World Wide Web.

1998 - Dedication of new National FFA Center in Indianapolis, IN.

1999 - The 72nd annual National FFA Convention was held in Louisville, KY for the first time ever.

FFA Facts
The National FFA Center

6060 FFA Drive

P.O. Box 68960

Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960

Phone: (317) 802-6060

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