The Boone Agricultural and Mechanical FFA Chapter was chartered on January 27, 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 in 1992, 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 from 1992 - 1996. 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 sharing agreements 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.
Original Boone Chapter (1929 - 1931)
The FFA history for Boone actually has another entire "chapter." In 1927, Boone High School hired a vocational agriculture instructor and started an "Agriculture Club." Burton T. Tillotson was the teacher and FFA Advisor. After Iowa FFA Association was chartered in 1929, Boone was the 12th school in Iowa to charter a FFA Chapter. The Boone Chapter of the Future Farmers of America was chartered on November 15, 1929 and continued through 1931.
Rechartered Boone Chapter (1954 - 1958)
In 1953, Boone High School hired Mr. Merle Hove to serve as the vocational agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor. The Ag Program rechartered the Boone Chapter with Iowa FFA Association on January 11, 1954. The Chapter continued through 1958. Daryl Murken of Boone was elected as the State FFA President for 1957-1958.
United Community Chapter at Boone (1956 - 1996)
In 1956, United Community High School located east of Boone chartered their FFA Chapter on January 16, 1956. Earl Carpenter was the vocational agriculture instructor and FFA Advisor. The FFA Chapter continued until 1996 when Boone and Gilbert each chartered their own FFA Chapters as United Community School sent their high school students to these districts.
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