A meeting for the purpose of forming the California Association of the Future Farmers of America was held at Hotel Claremont, Oakland, October 26, 1928. This was prior to the National FFA Organization meeting of November 20, 1928, which was held at the Hotel Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri. Following the National Convention, California received National Charter No. 4. Below is a short timeline of California FFA and Agriculture Education. 1800’s: Agriculture College Program was at UC Berkeley
1903: Cal Poly SLO opened the first Voc-Ed High School
1905: UC Davis became a vocational agriculture high school. Bakersfield HS in Kern County was the first comprehensive high school to offer agriculture education.
1908: Gardena High School formed an agriculture program.
1909: Oxnard and Imperial High Schools started agriculture programs.
1911: 25 schools began offering agricultural education.
1916: 93 schools offered agricultural education.
1920: California Agricultural Teachers’ Association (CATA) was formed.
1922: Judging contests were initiated.
1923: California State Fair began.
1926: First regional supervisor for agricultural education was hired and located at Fresno State Teachers’ College.
1927: Six regional supervisors were on staff.
1928: National Future Farmers of American was formed in Kansas City, Missouri.
1929: First State Convention held for the California Future Farmers of America.
1934: State FFA Convention moved to Cal Poly SLO.
1939:187 chapters in the California FFA with 8,868 students enrolled in agriculture education.
1940: Cal Poly SLO became a four-year college.
1949: Junior colleges were reimbursed by the Smith-Hughes Vocational Education Act.
1951: 210 high school programs in agricultural education.
1961: 230 high school programs in agricultural education.
1963: Agriculture was defined as more than “farming”.
1965: Fresno State started providing credentialed teachers for the agricultural education profession.
1969: 294 schools with agriculture programs accounting for 28,621 students First year girls were allowed to be FFA members.
1981: 405 schools had agriculture programs accounting for 45,780 students.
1981: CATA hired a full-time Executive Director – first in the country.
1994: After sixty years as Cal Poly, the State FFA Convention was relocated to Fresno.
2005: California FFA surpassed Texas to become the largest State Association in FFA membership.
2009: Proficiency award areas increased to 53.
2014: 314 high schools had agricultural education programs which accounted for 76,451 students.
2015: Over 5,000 students will attend the State FFA Convention in Fresno.