1960s-1970s: Social Changes
As a result of the Civil Rights Act, FFA is desegregated and the NFA merges with the FFA, adding 52,000 members.
The first FFA National Agricultural Career Show, a trade show especially for students, exposes National Convention attendees to educational and career opportunities in agriculture.
After an unsuccessful vote to amend the constitution in 1968, in 1969 women are given full membership in the national organization, now making it possible for them to hold office and participate in competitive events at the regional and national level. The admendment passed by 2 votes.
The National FFA Alumni Association is founded, providing opportunities for former FFA members and other supporters to become involved with their local student chapters.
Fred McClure is elected Western Region Vice President, becoming the organization's first African-American National Officer. McClure would later serve on President George H. W. Bush's staff in Washington, D.C.