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.