Changes to Official Dress, Opening Ceremony Gain Board Approval

By |2018-11-30T10:44:03-05:00January 26th, 2017|Delegate, FFA Membership, Official Dress, The Feed|

FFA members, take note!
The National FFA Board of Directors has approved two recommendations from the National FFA Delegates regarding Official Dress guidelines and the National FFA Opening Ceremony. Effective immediately, the board approved the following recommendations during its January meeting in Indianapolis:

National FFA Opening Ceremony Amendment

(Approved by the National FFA Board of Directors – January 18, 2017)
The reporter’s part of the National FFA Opening Ceremony is to read as follows:

As the flag covers the United States of America, so I strive to inform the people in order that every man, woman and child may know that the FFA is a national organization that reaches from the state of Alaska to the Virgin Islands and from the state of Maine to Hawaii.

Official Dress Guidelines

(Approved by the National FFA Board of Directors – January 18, 2017)
Official Dress for an FFA member includes:

  • An official FFA jacket zipped to the top.
  • Black slacks and black socks/nylons or black skirt and black nylons.
  • White collared blouse or white collared shirt.
  • Official FFA tie or official FFA scarf.
  • Black dress shoes with closed heel and toe.

Note: Official garb of recognized religions may be worn with Official Dress.

Both of these changes were approved by the student member delegates to the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in October 2016. Delegates to the National FFA Convention & Expo are charged with representing the interests of FFA members within their state FFA association while working to forward the progress of the entire organization.


The changes to the Official Dress guidelines were reviewed by the delegates after 2015-16 National FFA Western Region Vice President Sarah Draper presented a recommendation from the National FFA Board of Directors with proposed changes. Delegate Paul Moffett from North Dakota moved to adopt the recommendation as presented, and Virginia’s Kelly Callender seconded the motion.

After deliberation, the recommendation, with an amendment, was adopted by a counted vote with 246 delegates in favor and 154 opposed.

The amendment to the National FFA Opening Ceremony was deliberated by the delegate