Loudonville FFA in 1929

The Loudonville FFA first formed in 1929.

LOUDONVILLE -- In 1919, Ohio began developing a Vocational Agriculture program under the concept of "Learning by Doing" for students, as did many other states in the ensuing years.

Loudonville appears to have started their own Vocational Agriculture program in 1925 with Nelson Beem, a veteran of World War I, as the teacher.

In November of 1928 representatives from Ohio attended the Third National Congress for Vocational Agriculture Students in Kansas City, Missouri, and helped form the Future Farmers of America; adopting the name, constitution, and by-laws. Three months later, in February of 1929, 80 delegates from around the state met in Columbus and established the Ohio FFA.

The next month, on March 31, 1929, Loudonville received its own official charter as "an incorporated chapter of the Ohio Association of the Future Farmers of America." Beem continued his role as the advisor, with at least 17 members including G. Kick, R. Kline, R. McGuire, A. Weimer, K. Portz, G. Strang, H. Snyder, W. Stitzlein, G. Mosher, C. Snyder, J. Shipp, P. Saylor, L. Lee, P. Gruver, K. Obrecht, C. Wolf, and H. Portz.

The familiar blue jacket, the most recognizable symbol of the organization, wasn't established until the Fredericktown FFA band wore similar matching corduroy jackets to the National FFA Convention in 1933.

The jackets were such a hit that a vote was held and the new official uniform adopted. Since then, over 3 million jackets have been issued in the United States.

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