Milestone Years in the FFA

YEAR Event
1928 Future Farmers of America established in Kansas City, MO.
1928 First National FFA Convention in Kansas City: 33 delegates from 18 states: 2 delegates from ND
1928 National FFA Dues are set at $.10
1929 Edward H. Jones is the first ND FFA Advisor
1929 National blue and corn gold adopted as official colors
1929 On May 11, 1929, a delegation of 58 vocational agriculture students from 29 ND high schools met at the ND Agriculture College and decided to organize a State FFA Assn.
1930 Official FFA Creed adopted
1931 Governor George F. Shafer and Dr. J. H. Sheppard (President of ND Agriculture College) were the first recipients of the Honorary State Farmer Degrees
1933 Blue corduroy jacket adopted as official dress
1936 Ernest DeAlton becomes 2nd State FFA Advisor
1937 FFA membership reaches over 1,000 members with 1,045 active members
1938 Arden Burbidge of the Wm. A. Broyles Chapter from Park River is one of the vice presidents of the national organization
1941 There are 45 active chapters in ND with 1,391 active members
1940 Earl Walter from Starkweather is elected Student Secretary of the national organization
1943 The State FFA Convention was not held because of the war; a few officers were named to plan the next year's convention
1944 National FFA Foundation founded and first proficiency awards presented
1944 State and National dues went from $.25 up to $.40
1946 Wartime activities from 1941-46: Chapters collected 4,411,311 pounds of scrap metal; 770,838 pounds of paper; 4,414 bushels of rags; 169,583 pounds of rubber; 1,314 burlap bags.
1946 Total number of active and associate members who served in the armed forces of the US was 600
1947 First National FFA Band at National Convention
1947 Osborne Arlien from Rugby is elected as one of the vice presidents of the national organization
1948 First National FFA Chorus and Talent Program
1950 Federal Charter granted by the U.S. Congress
1952 Code of ethics adopted
1953 ND FFA membership reaches over 2,000 members
1953 Commemorative FFA stamp issued by US Post Office Department
1954 The State Convention had a total attendance of 500 with 96 delegates
1957 There was a tornado during the state convention which damaged several campus buildings
1959 Total expenditures for the State Convention is $6,233.21
1961 Darryl Eastvold from Mayville is elected as one of the vice presidents of the national organization
1963 Stanley Amundson from Valley City is named Regional Star Farmer at the National Convention
1963 The 34th State Convention held at NDSU in June attended by 620 members and advisors
1963 The average labor income of members who completed supervised farming programs during the year was $328
1965 Merger of New Farmers of America and Future Farmers of America
1966 First FFA National Agricultural Career Show at National Convention
1969 Membership opened to female students
1969 Past State Officers invited to 40th Anniversary at State Convention: 69 attended and were recognized
1969 Approximately 1,000 members attended the state convention this year which was an all time high.
1969 Congressman Tom Kleppe received Honorary State Farmer Degree
1969 After 33 years, Ernest L De Alton retires as state FFA advisor
1969 Don Erickson becomes 3rd State FFA Advisor
1969 State FFA Office moves from Fargo to Bismarck
1970 The ND FFA membership is at an all time high with 3500 members.
1971 National FFA Alumni organization created
1972 The Wyndmere FFA chapter submitted the winning name of the FFA newsletter now to be called the FFA Roughrider Report
1973 60 females were in attendance at the State Convention with Debbie Brooks from Jamestown winning the state FFA Public Speaking contest
1974 The Old Field House at NDSU replaces the past use of Festival Hall at the State FFA Convention.
1975 Shannon Simonson becomes Queen of the American Royal in Kansas City
1975 ND elected first female state officer: Betty Gasel from Jamestown
1976 First FFA Student Handbook published, written by State Advisor Don Erickson
1977 Golden Anniversary National Convention
1977 Jamestown FFA Chapter completes BOAC project: All Faith Memorial Chapel at the lake near Jamesown
1978 ND FFA President Gregory Davidson and officers fly to Los Angeles to present Lawrence Welk the Honorary State FFA Degree on the Lawrence Welk Show
1979 Two FFA camps were held for the first time in the North Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park
1979 Entire National FFA officer team visits North Dakota
1979 50th Anniversary of the State Convention
1979 ND FFA membership reaches all time high of 6,071
1979 Karen Mastel from Beach wins both State Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE and State Memorized Public Speaking CDE
1980 Joel Janke becomes 4th State FFA Advisor
1982 The ND FFA Foundation is established
1984 $1 from each of the members' dues is donated to the ND FFA Foundation
1984 First Female State FFA President in ND, Judy Wolfe
1986 First Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award
1987 The ND FFA Alumni Association started.
1987 Paul Foss from Maddock wins the National Poultry Proficiency award.
1987 First national television satellite broadcast of National FFA Convention
1988 Name changed to National FFA Organization
1989 The words "Vocational Agriculture" on the FFA emblem are changed to Agricultural Education
1989 The National Future Farmer Magazine title is changed to FFA New Horizons
1989 ND FFA Alumni Association conducts its first annual meeting during the Greenhand Leadership Conf. In Minot
1989 All the awards presented by the association had the 1989 ND Centennial logo on them.
1989 State Sweetheart program is discontinued and the State Ambassador program is started
1989 Over 160 FFA former officers and other alumni were in attendance at the Centennial Reunion at the State Convention
1991 Tom Lilja, ND's 1988-89 State FFA President, is chosen to be an American Royal Ambassador
1993 Kermit Ketterling of Wishek is named Star Farmer Finalist at National Convention
1996 ND Farm Credit Services has been providing the Official Student Handbook to ND FFA members for 20 years
1996 First H.O. Sargent Awards presented
1997 The ND State Crops Show is dedicated to Bev and Joel Janke for their work with the FFA and the Winter Show
1997 Excessive snow load caused partial collapse of the ND Winter Show Building roof. The Winter Show Committee repaired the roof and held the Winter Show 6 weeks late.
1997 First Agri-Entrepreneurship awards presented
1998 Steve Zimmerman becomes 5th State FFA Advisor
1998 Tribute to Joel Janke at his retirement: approximately 90 past state officers were in attendance
1999 The ND FFA Alumni and FFA Foundation hold the first annual Auction during the State Fair
1999 Erica Kenner is finalist for Star Farmer of America
1999 The last of 71 National Conventions was held in Kansas City.
1999 First National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky
2000 Brady Miller of Wahpeton is finalist for Star Farmer of America
2001 Maddock FFA Chapter holds its first annual Officer Retreat
2001 Chris Brossart of Rugby is finalist for Star Agri-businessman of America
2001 Amber Haugland from Divide County is elected as one of the vice presidents of the national organization
2003 70 ND FFA members receive their American FFA degrees at National Convention
2003 Kevin Teigen from Rugby won the National Diversified Crop Proficiency award.

Which were the first 12 North Dakota chapters to receive charters?


1. Edwin Traynor, Starkweather Advisor: W. Davidson

2. J.E.Eastgate, Larimore Advisor: Warren Tewksbury

3. Hazelton, Hazelton Advisor: E. Hendreckson

4. Granville, Granville Advisor: S.M. Thorfinnson

5. Kenmare, Kenmare Advisor: F.H. Burns

6. A.S. Gibbions, Maddock Advisor: J. Fred Cline

7. Shultz, Towner Advisor: Merle Kidder

8. John Christianson, New Salem Advisor: M.S.Burke

9. Wm. A. Boyles, Park River Advisor: M.H.McDonald

10. David Lloyd, Lamoure Advisor: R. Widdifield

11. Iver Hagen, Rolla Advisor: Paul Abramson

12. M.J. Connolly, New England Advisor: G.I moum


Our Purpose                 

The ND FFA Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of providing financial support to the educational activities of members and chapters of the ND FFA Association.  The FFA Foundation was established in 1980.  

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Telephone:   701-224-8390 (office in Bismarck) Beth Bakke Stenehjem & Joel Janke
Postal address:    ND FFA Foundation   PO Box 6022   Bismarck, ND  58506-6022
Physical address: 909 Basin Avenue  Bismarck, ND 58504
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