The dark blue corduroy with a zipper up the front and a turn-down collar became the standard in 1993, and was part of a larger set of guidelines for dress by FFA members, found on the organization's official website.
While laws are beginning to change for some homeschooled children, the majority are still not allowed to play on their local high school sports teams, chorus, band, FFA or join any other school-based clubs.
His MacArthur Genius Grant and other awards are just part of living up to the "values behind the blue jacket," a sentiment felt among many successful members of the National FFA Organization.
Some FFA jackets have a special story, such as the one worn by Sharon Wesley Jackson, which is now shown in the Kansas State Historical Society in a place of honor for his accomplishments.
All of the patches, medals, and the jacket in general are required to be kept in good condition, and if there is visible wear and tear, the FFA jacket should be replaced.
This is not a hand-me-down jacket unless you are giving it to another FFA member; the uniform is meant only for those who are part of the national organization.
The particular jacket that was selected to be the national model was originally designed by Dr. Gus Lintner for the Fredericktown Band of the local FFA chapter.
As farms across the U.S. struggle to survive, the members of the FFA work hard to find solutions to problems facing this American traditional occupation.
The FFA jacket is supposed to be worn at all official FFA activities, in order to make a professional and positive impact on the public.
The insignia of the FFA consists of a large patch on the back with the official logo, plus the state association and local chapter.