February 26, 2018
Students like Will Aycock could benefit from the National FFA charter amendment bill U.S. senators are sponsoring. Aycock is pictured with his father, Gary, an FFA adviser at Albertville High School.
Legislation to update the National FFA charter has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act would modernize the charter, said Alabama FFA Foundation President Paul Pinyan.
“FFA has a proud history training the agriculture industry’s future leaders,” Pinyan said. “The skills students learn through hands-on activities and projects prepare them for success. Updating the national charter is a step toward securing FFA’s role in education for years to come.”
The amendments would allow student officer vice presidents to reflect regional diversity in the U.S. Governing flexibility for national officers would reduce operational delays caused by vacant seats. Additionally, the amendments would better connect FFA’s mission with innovative approaches implemented by agriscience educators nationwide, Pinyan said.
A trio of senators, including Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, sponsored the bill.
“For 90 years FFA has been a leader in preparing students and helping them develop the skills they need for a broad range of careers in agriculture,” Jones said. “With 14,000 members in Alabama and more than 600,000 nationwide, I’m pleased to cosponsor this bipartisan legislation that will reshape FFA’s charter to enable it to provide agricultural education for the 21st century.”