1980s-1990s: The Urban FFA
Jan Eberly becomes the first female National FFA President.
Delegates to the National FFA Convention change "Future Farmers of America" to the "National FFA Organization" to recognize the growth of agriculture and agricultural education to encompass the more than 300 careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.
Delegates also opened FFA membership to middle school students.
Corey Flournoy of Chicago, Illinois, is elected National FFA President, becoming the organization's first African-American president and first urban student leader. Flournoy's jacket is one of the five FFA jackets held by the Smithsonian.
The National FFA web site, National FFA Online, goes live.
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The National FFA Convention was held in Kansas City, Missouri, for the last time in November 1998; the convention set an attendance record, drawing 49,240 members, guests, and supporters.
The National FFA Center moves to Indianapolis, Indiana, from Alexandria, Virginia. The National FFA Center houses the National FFA Organization, the National FFA Foundation, and the National FFA Alumni Association.
The National FFA Convention is held in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time and will stay in Louisville through 2005; attendance this year was 46,918.