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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

The National FFA Charter has undergone some major changes. President Trump recently signed the National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act. FFA's Riley Pagett tells Brownfield the amended charter allows for less federal involvement in choosing board members.

"We still have a board member that is the Secretary of Education or his or her designee, but for the first time, we're able to pick and reflect the board member positions based on their involvement in FFA or the agricultural and food world, or career and technical education," said Pagett.

Pagett says it also allows FFA to increase the number of national officers if necessary and shift to modern online communications instead of magazines and quarterly newsletters.

Pagett says implementing the new charter means they will be working with states and local chapters to amend their constitution and bylaws before next fall's national convention. "Our student delegates, again representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will come together to vote on those changes to our constitution and bylaws."

Pagett says it's the first major amendment for the charter since the 1950's and puts more attention on the three-component model of agricultural education including classroom laboratory experience, hands-on learning, and leadership development. The bill to amend the FFA charter was introduced by Indiana U.S. Senator Todd Young, and signed by President Trump last Thursday.