The Boone Agricultural and Mechanical FFA Chapter was chartered on April 17, 1997. The Agricultural Education program and FFA chapter got its roots as a branch of the United FFA Chapter located at United Community School in rural Boone county. The United Community School agriculture instructor was Mr. Jon Davis. When the United High School was closed, students began attending Boone High School and thus the need for an FFA chapter developed. Davis taught agriculture courses for students from Boone, Ogden, and Gilbert in the mid 1990s. In the fall of 1996, Boone High School began a full time agriculture education program and Mr. Doug Dodd was the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. The Boone High School Agriculture Education program organized an FFA chapter and was granted its official charter at the Iowa FFA Leadership Conference in the spring of 1997 as the Boone Agricultural and Mechanical FFA Chapter (Boone A&M).
Since that time, the Boone A&M FFA Chapter was continued to grow and expand to become one of the top FFA chapters in the state. Currently, the Boone A&M FFA Chapter consists of students from Boone High School. In the past, it has also had a sharing agreement for students from Ogden High School from the 1990s - 2019 and Woodward-Granger for a period of time in the 2000s. Both schools have since chartered their own FFA Chapters.
The FFA history for Boone actually has another entire "chapter." In the mid 1950s, Boone High School had agriculture education classes and an FFA chapter for a few years. Mr. Merle Hove served as the vocational agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor during this time. Little history is known and has survived from the 1950s. Additionally, the other schools in Boone county including Ogden and United had FFA chapters during this time.
The chapter is currently working to document the rich history of FFA in Boone county. If you have any information or history you would like to share, please contact the Boone A&M FFA Chapter.
Photos from the 1950s