North Carolina Future Farmers of America Association: Since 1929


Key Moments in NC FFA History

1911 NC General Assembly passed the County Farm Life School Act, which appropriated $25,000 a year to build ten schools. The Craven County Farm Life School in Vanceboro was the first school established to teach agriculture in North Carolina
1917 US Congress passed the Smith Hughes Act, which established vocational agriculture in public schools
1927 Work began to establish a club for boys enrolled in vocational agriculture classes

First State Convention was held; 300 delegates, representing 110 rural high schools from 66 counties attended meetings at NC State; convention was held here for 18 years


Young Tar Heel Farmers Association was chartered

17 members became the first to receive the Carolina Farmer Degree (now the State FFA Degree)

The Future North State Farmers was organized for African American students enrolled in agriculture

Young Tar Heel Farmers began a camping program at White Lake, NC; this is the oldest FFA Camp in the nation

1929 The transition from Young Tar Heel Farmers to FFA was implemented when the National FFA Organization officially chartered the North Carolina Association of Future Farmers of America
Wade Turner was elected as the 2nd National FFA President; the first national officer from North Carolina
1935 Due to polio outbreaks, state convention and the camping program was not held
1940 Tom Browne FFA Camp was developed and established in Barnardsville (Buncombe County)
1947 19th State Convention was moved for the first time to downtown Raleigh and held at the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel
1949 A collegiate FFA chapter with 105 active members was organized at State College
1957 Clarence Chappell of Perquimans County became the first member from NC to be named Star Farmer of America
1958 The S.B. Simmons NFA Camp was officially opened in Swansboro (Onslow County)
1965 1965 The FFA and NFA merged both nationally and in North Carolina
1966 The NC FFA Camp name was changed to the RJ Peeler FFA Camp to honor the retirement of the executive secretary
1968 North Carolina reached its highest ever recorded membership total of 31,869 members

Girls were officially admitted into the FFA

Alvin Ray Hickman of Acme Delco, became the first African American member elected as a State FFA Officer
1972 The North Carolina FFA Alumni Association was formed
1976 The North Carolina FFA Foundation was chartered
1979 Tom Browne FFA Camp was sold to Buncombe County; funds from the sale built the girls dorms at the RJ Peeler FFA
1980 Beth Smith of Ledford, became the first female elected as a State Officer; she also became the first female from NC to receive the American Farmer Degree (now the American Degree)
1985 The RJ Peeler FFA Camp added a new meeting facility sponsored by the Alumni Association
1989 A historic marker was presented to the FFA Camp at White Lake
1990 Kelly Butler of Bartlett Yancey became the first female elected as State FFA President

S.B. Simmons Camp was transferred to the NC Association of Vocational Educators and Other Professional Workers

Charles Keels began a 3 year term as the National FFA Treasurer
1993 The RJ Peeler FFA Camp was changed to the NC FFA Center
1994 The NC FFA Center added new lodge facilities
1996 Staff and services for Agricultural Education and FFA were established to the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at NC State University by special action of the North Carolina General Assembly. Program staff were previously headquartered at the NC Department of Public Instruction
2002 74th State Convention was moved to the Tally Student Center at NC State University
2005 Tanisha Glover of Eastern Randolph, became the first black female member elected as a State FFA Office

The NC FFA Center added new dining and recreational hall facilities

  Courtney Clapp of Eastern Randolph, became the first African American female to be elected State FFA President
2009 81st State Convention was moved to downtown Raleigh and held at the new Raleigh Convention Center

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