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Agriculture Merit Badge HISTORY
 
Agriculture MERIT BADGE History
 
Preceded by: Introduced: Discontinued: Replaced with:
N/A 1911 1975 Plant Science
       
It should be noted that despite it's official retirement in 1975, the Agriculture merit badge was faded out as it appears Scouts were allowed to finish the badge if they had already started it prior to the 1975 end of life date; as evidenced by the following years' earned merit badge count for Agriculture.
 
Agriculture Merit Badges Earned by Year
             
  1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
  0 6 5 7 30 31 62 111 229
                   
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
238 408 558 591 872 970 1,234 1,491 1,437 2,451
                   
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1,748 1,566 1,393 1,458 1,112 1,274 1,071 1,208 1,215 1,278
                   
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1,159 1,073 947 1,185 1,518 1,386 1,047 910 866 1,039
                   
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1,299 1,372 1,286 1,184 1,609 1,541 1,506 1,817 1,584 1,597
                   
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1,604 1,459 1,491 1,531 1,385 1,293 1,365 1,558 1,418 1,520
                   
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1,577 1,433 2,197 4,130 2,848 2,799 2,611 2,109 1,225 78
                   
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984          
75 66 - - -          
            Grand Total: 85,231
                   
                   
Cells shown in green indicate that merit badges were earned during the year but the exact number is not currently known. The Grand Total is bsaed off of official reports and research and includes all known and unknwon yearly numbers.  Detailed annual numbers will be updated after being found and validated.  Grand Total is for merit badges earned through 2015.
                   
Cells with the year shadowed in orange indicate that merit badges were earned during the year but were earned prior/post the merit badge's official offering dates.  In some rare cases the BSA would introduce the merit badge early to a small group or event as a roll out or introduction of the "new badge".  More often badges earned after the official end date are usually a result of the BSA allowing Scouts who had already started work on the badge requirements prior to the end date to continue working and earning the badge, but ONLY if they had already started working on the old requirements. There are other special/unique situations that also account for these later year numbers.
 
 
Agriculture MERIT BADGES
 
Agriculture Merit Badge - Type A Agriculture Merit Badge - Type B Agriculture Merit Badge - Type C Agriculture Merit Badge - Type D Agriculture Merit Badge - Type E
Type A Type B Type C Type D Type E
1911-1933 1934-1935 1936-1946 1942-1946 1947-1960
(variations) (heavyweight cloth) (heavyweight and lightweight cloth) (fine twill cloth)  
         
Agriculture Merit Badge - Type F Agriculture Merit Badge - Type G Agriculture Merit Badge - Type H    
Type F Type G Type H    
1961-1968 1961-1971 1972-2002    
(rolled edge) (cloth back) (blue and clear back)    
 
Agriculture MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS
 
Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 1 Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 2 Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3A Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3B
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3A Type 3B
1920 1920-1925 1925-1928 1929-1939
       
Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 4 Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5A Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5B Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6A
Type 4 Type 5A Type 5B Type 6
1940-1944 1944 1945-1951 1952-1966
       
Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7 Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8    
Type 7 Type 8    
1967-1972 1973-1974    

 

KNOWN Agriculture MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET HARD COVER VARIETIES

 
Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCH Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCI Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCJ Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCM
Type HCH Type HCI Type HCJ Type HCM
       
Agriculture Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCQ      
Type HCQ      
 
 
this page last reviewed / updated: October 2016
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