04-25-18 National FFA Presents Bill to Amend Federal Charter on House Floor

National FFA Presents Bill to Amend Federal Charter on House Floor

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, April 25, 2018/National FFA Organization) – A new bill amending the charter of the National FFA Organization was introduced in the House yesterday by Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-Penn.), and Representative Jim Langevin (D-R.I.). Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Donnelly (D-Ind.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced legislation in the Senate in February.  

The charter, which originally passed as Public Law 81-740 in the 1950s, publicly acknowledges the role FFA plays as an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The most recent version of the FFA federal charter, Public Law 105-225, passed in 1998 as a technical revision.  The FFA charter also specifies that the U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set the direction for National FFA as a service to state and local agricultural programs.

H.R. 5595, which was forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee, seeks to make some changes to Public Law 105-225 as requested by the National FFA Organization and the U.S. Department of Education.

The National FFA Organization believes the revised federal charter will provide needed flexibility for its board of directors and allow the organization to maintain strong ties with the industry of agriculture. The revised charter grants the board power to appoint the chair and the National FFA Advisor, and provides that the FFA board consist of individuals representing education, agriculture, food and natural resources. This involvement will guarantee the relevance of agricultural education in our nation’s schools and prepare students to fill the 235 unique careers in agriculture.

Another proposed revision allows the organization to consider an expansion of the number of national officers representing the organization’s growing membership, should the need be realized. Last year, FFA membership reached 653,359 in all 50 states and two U.S. territories.

“The amendments set the stage for FFA in the 21st Century and allows us to bring FFA and our operations into the future,” said Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization. “The one thing that has not changed is our commitment to the relevance that FFA and agricultural education continue to have in our nation’s education system. With its three integral components – classroom/laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experiences and FFA – the agricultural education model continues to push students toward a thriving future thanks to the relevant skills learned and experience obtained. These amendments will strengthen our commitment.”

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.