Iowa FFA Work Experience Abroad (WEA) Participants 1969 Jack Ploen, Walnut
1972 Dan Madison, Greenfield
1974 Warren E. Clark, Calmar; David Morford, Redfield; Don Rhoades, Jefferson
1975 Warren E. Clark, Calmar, served as counselor; Tom Miller, Sumner; Philip Broer, Iowa Falls; Steven Custer, Jefferson; Wilda Loomis, Earlham
1976 Terry Brase, Garnavillo; Kirk Wieh, Tipton
1977 Joe Cory, Ankeny; Kyle Gorden, Calmar; Lori Stalkfleet, West Liberty; Jay Schaub, Saint Ansgar
Official FFA Calendar
From 1964 to 1978 inclusive the Iowa Association ranked first in number of chapters in the National Organization participating in the calendar program (only in '76 and '78 has there been a tie). Iowa was 2nd in '61 and '63, 3rd in '62, and 5th in '60, the year the program was initiated. The number of chapters participating in Iowa has grown from 31 in '60 to 121 in '78.
National Recognition National Conventions - Iowa was represented at the original organizational meeting held in November, 1928, at Kansas City, when the first National Constitution was adopted, by Herschel Hintermeister of Muscatine and G.F. Ekstrom. Since that time official delegates and local members, chapter advisors, awards winners and guests have represented the Iowa Association annually at each National Convention.
National Pilgrimage - The Iowa Association was represented at the National Pilgrimage at Washington, D.C., Mt. Vernon and Monticello in 1933 by President Charles Steward, Dana, LaVern Newton and William Meyer of Iowa Falls and H.T. Hall, executive secretary-treasurer. President Steward participated in the dedication ceremonies of a room in Monticello to the purpose and ideals of the FFA.
National Radio Program -The Woodbine chapter presented a program as one feature of the National FFA Radio Program over the N.B.C. Network in October, 1933. The Scenic City chapter of Iowa Falls presented a similar program in November, 1936.
National Officers - LaVern Newton of Iowa Falls was elected second vice president of the Future Farmers of America representing the North Central Region and served during 1932-33.
Julius Black of Waukee was elected to a national office of the FFA at the 1935 National Convention and served as secretary for one year.
H.T. Hall, State FFA Advisor, served as a member of the Board of Directors July 1940-June 1942.
Mark Z. Hendren, Des Moines, Assistant State Consultant, served as assistant superintendent or superintendent of the National FFA Contests held in Dairy Cattle and Dairy Products at Waterloo from 1948 to 1963. He served as Division Superintendent of the Dairy Cattle Contest from 1961 to 1963.
Gerald F. Barton, Des Moines, Assistant State Consultant served as assistant superintendent or superintendent of the National FFA Contests held in Dairy Products and Dairy Cattle at Waterloo from 1948 to 1964. He served as Division Superintendent of the Dairy Products contest from 1950 to 1957.
H.T. Hall, Des Moines, State Consultant served as Division Superintendent of the National FFA Contest in Poultry Production held at Iowa Falls from 1949 to 1950.
National Public Speaking Contest -In 1949, at the 22nd National Convention Larry Siddall of the Laurens Chapter participated in the National Public Speaking Contest. Larry was awarded second place on the subject, "A Hook or a Hand." Jim Borthwick, College Springs, was the first place National FFA Public Speaking winner at the 1956 convention. The title of his speech was "Challenge of Farming." Bill Plagman of the Aurelia Chapter participated in the National Public Speaking Contest in 1965. The title of his speech was "The Dynamic March of Agriculture." Dennis Dammen of the Osage Chapter was awarded second place in the National FFA Public Speaking Contest at the 1970 Convention. The title of his speech was "Food For Tomorrow's Security."
Donald Jorgensen of Lake City was elected vice president of the FFA representing the North Central Region and served during 1950-51.
Regional Star Farmer -Larry Lust, Newton, 1956.
Regional Star Farmer - Bruce Hemmingson, Akron, 1972.
Regional Star Farmer (Agribusiness) - Ordel Stinson, Cresco, 1975.
National Leadership Training Conference - The Iowa Association was represented at the first National Leadership Training conference held in 1959 at Washington, D.C. by State President, Larry Thomas, Muscatine; Secretary, Gordon Adkins, Grinnell; Vice President, Art Rambo, Keosauqua; Reporter, John Knickman, Council Bluffs; and Advisor H.T. Hall.
C.E. Bundy, Agricultural Education, Ames, served on the National FFA Board of Trustees, 1960-61.
Serving the National Convention in special assignments were Verle Petersen, Villisca, convention soloist, 1960; Marvin Moeckly, Ankeny, organist and Charles Peterson, Villisca, soloist, 1961: Gaylord Converse, Sumner, soloist, 1963.
National Agriculture Hall of Fame -To date a total of $XXXXXXXX has been donated to the National Agriculture Hall of Fame by local chapters and the Iowa FFA Association.
Edward Wiederstein representing the Audubon FFA Chapter was presented the one-millionth FFA Jacket at the 37th National FFA Convention at Kansas City. He was one of six Future Farmers who submitted orders through advisor James Hamilton. The order was received in Alexandria, Virginia and Edward's name was selected as recipient of the on-millionth jacket, 1964.
Steven E. Zumbach of the West Delaware FFA Chapter, Manchester, was elected National Vice President Central Region 1969-70.
Wayne L. Humphreys of the Winfield FFA Chapter was elected National Vice President Central Region 1970-71.
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, a four year vocational agriculture student in the Cresco High School in the early thirties received the coveted Nobel Peace Prize medal December 10, 1970 in Oslo, Norway. His Vo Ag Instructor was the late Harry Schroder, 1970-71.
Tim J. Burke of the New Hampton FFA Chapter became the first Iowan elected as president of the National FFA Organization, 1971-72. As a special salute for serving as the first National FFA President from Iowa, a "Tim Burke - National FFA - U.S. Jamaica Pig Chain Project sponsored by the National Organization FFA and the Iowa Association FFA" was successfully conducted in 1972-73 and included 14 purebred gilts and 2 boars. Funds were provided by the Iowa Chapters.
Dwight O. Seegmiller of the North Winneshiek FFA Chapter, Decorah RR#3, became the second Iowan to be elected President of the National FFA Organization, 1972-73. It was the first time in the history of the FFA Organization that National Presidents from the same state association were elected in consecutive years. As a special recognition to Dwight for serving as the second National FFA President from Iowa and to commemorate the development of a special set of activity materials developed during his term, an official three ring, three inch gold "Chapter Guide to FFA Activities" was provided to each chapter by the Iowa FFA Association. The project was funded by Iowa Chapters.
Gerald F. Barton, State FFA Advisor, served as National FFA Board of Directors member July 1972 to June 1974 and also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
The National FFA Alumni Association organizational meeting was held on May 12, 1972, in Chicago, Illinois, where Iowa was the 23rd state to receive its state charter. Those attending from Iowa included Tim Burke, Dwight Seegmiller and Gerald F. Barton.
Thomas A. Hoerner, ISU, Ames, (Ag. Engineering), served as Division Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of the National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Contest from 1972 to 1978.
Emeron P. Dettmann, State FFA Treasurer, served as Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of the National FFA Milk Quality and Dairy Foods Contest from 1973 to 1978.
C.E. Bundy, Ames, Past Professor and Head of Agriculture Education, Iowa State University was presented the VIP Award plaque from the National FFA Organization at the 49th National Convention, 1975-76.
Peg Armstrong of the North Winneshiek FFA Chapter, Decorah RR#3, was elected Vice President Central Region 1977-78, serving as the second female National officer of the National FFA Organization. Peg was also the first woman to be elected Iowa FFA Association President (1976-77) and was one of the first two women elected to state office (1975-76). She served as Reporter along with Suzan Apaydin (SW Vice President). The National Officer Goodwill Tour included Des Moines on February 24, 1978 of which Peg was one of the three officers along with the Star Farmer of America in the production category to represent Vo Ag-FFA to major business and industry leaders. She was the National Officer representative to the Iowa 50th Annual State FFA Leadership Conference on April 27-29, 1978 in Sioux City.
John Deere 4020 Tractor Winner--Greg Metzger of the West Lyon FFA Chapter at Inwood won the tractor awarded by John Deere Credit after his name was pulled from the over 100,000 entries. Greg was the first winner ever to be present at the time the drawing during a session at National Convention.
American Star in Agribusiness -Andrew Tygrett, Wilton
Lisa E. Ahrens of the Osage FFA Chapter, was elected 1998-99 National FFA President. Lisa was the first female from Iowa to be elected National President. She served at NC Vice President (1996-96) and President (1997-98) of the Iowa FFA Association. Lisa was the last President to be elected at the National Leadership Conference in Kansas City, MO, and chaired the first-ever National Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY.