Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is applauding the House passage of legislation, the National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act, which would amend the FFA charter and provide more control to FFA leadership. The legislation, H.R. 439, was passed by voice vote this week.
The legislation seeks to provide more flexibility to the FFA Board by reducing the number of board members appointed by the U.S. Department of Education and opens the door to allowing more than six national FFA officers. Under the current configuration, the Department of Education has left seats unfilled on the board for significant periods of time, which can threaten a quorum if there are any other absences.
“The National FFA provides more than 650,000 students with the opportunity to grow, learn, and prepare for the future,” Latta said. “I’ve seen the impact that FFA has had on students in Ohio, and it’s essential that the organization has the structure it needs to support more than 8,500 local FFA chapters across the country. Because the National FFA is chartered by Congress, this legislation will ensure FFA leadership can effectively run their organization and teach the next generation of agriculture leaders.”
The Ohio FFA Association has more than 25,000 members in 315 chapters throughout Ohio.