President Donald Trump recently signed legislation to update the National FFA charter, an action the organization hopes will lead to greater self-governance and could lead to an expanded national officer team in the years to come. The National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act (HR. 439) passed the Senate and the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The bill guarantees agriculture education to be supported throughout the nation’s schools and recognizes the role it plays to prepare students to fill careers unique to agriculture. According to the FFA’s website, the updates also grant additional power to National FFA delegates to make changes as needed without requiring an act of Congress, including the selection process of National FFA's board of directors. The CEO of the National FFA Organization, Mark Poeschl said, “The law now specifically recognizes the integral nature of FFA and agricultural education. We’re thankful for the support we received and look forward to our student delegates and board members having new opportunities and flexibility to grow our organization.”

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