FFA Milestones In Diversity And Inclusion

  • 1965—NFA, and other students enrolled in historically Black schools, merge with FFA.
  • 1969—FFA opens its membership to girls
  • 1973—Fred McClure from Texas is elected as the first African-American national FFA officer.
  • 1976—Julie Smiley from Washington is elected as the first female national FFA officer.
  • 1982—Jan Eberly from California becomes the first female national FFA president.
  • 1988—Future Farmers of America changes its name to National FFA Organization to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.
  • 1991—Chapters in the Virgin Islands and Guam, along with five chapters in Micronesia, are chartered.
  • 1994—Corey Flournoy from Illinois becomes the first African-American national FFA president.
  • 1998—Jose Santiago is elected to national office, the first member from Puerto Rico to serve as a national officer.
  • 2002—Karelene Lindow from Wisconsin is named the first female American Star Farmer.
  • 2003—Javier Moreno becomes the first person with a native language other than English and the first Puerto Rican elected as national FFA president.
  • 2009—FFA celebrates 40 years of women in the organization.
  • 2010—FFA celebrates the 75th anniversary of the founding of New Farmers of America.
  • 2010—Six college-age FFA members travel to Zambia for the FFA Global Outreach: Africa program.
  • 2011—National FFA celebrates our Native American heritage at the 2011 National FFA Convention. 210 FFA Chapters across 20 states self-identify as Native American.
  • 2011—20 FFA members, teachers, alumni and parents travel to Washington, D.C. for a week long advocacy experience as part of Native Voices.