In 1928, only 33 students attended the first National FFA Convention from 18 states. Those 33 young men elected Leslie Applegate as the first National FFA President. In 1929, the FFA colors officially became national blue and corn gold. The jackets worn today were adopted as official dress in 1933. Now, FFA programs are in all 50 states and two US territories. Across the United States there are 7,575 chapters. In Nebraska, there are 175 chapters with 7,400 FFA members.
Nebraska FFA members have transformed over the years to excel in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE), Career Development Events (CDE), Leadership Skills Events (LSE), community service projects and leadership in their communities.
Nebraska FFA has many members and chapters competing in events at National FFA Convention October 19-22 in Indianapolis.
- 147 American Degrees will be awarded to Nebraska FFA members.
- Jordan Paine of the Southern Valley FFA Chapter is an American Star Finalist in Agriscience.
- Seth Janssen of the Waverly FFA Chapter is an Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship Proficiency Finalist.
- Brent Miller of the Lyons- Decatur FFA Chapter is an Agriscience Research- Integrated Systems Proficiency Finalist.
- 15 Nebraska FFA Chapters will be awarded with Star National Chapter Awards.