Constitution, Bylaws and Federal Charter

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Constitution, Bylaws and Federal Charter2019-03-14T17:30:08-04:00

FFA is the organization of, by and for students enrolled in agricultural education programs.

The National FFA Organization is an integral part of the organized instructional programs in agricultural education, which prepare students for a wide range of careers in agriculture, agribusiness and other agriculture-related occupations. FFA is structured on three levels—local, state and national. The National FFA Organization is led by a board of directors and six student national officers. Together, they act on recommendations from the national convention delegates and agricultural education’s stakeholders to set the vision and policy for FFA.

Just like chapter officers at the local level, the national officers represent the members and actively guide the course of the organization during their year of service. A president, secretary and four regional vice presidents are elected each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo.

The National FFA Organization is a research and support organization that does not select, control or supervise state FFA association, local chapter or individual member activities. Educational materials are developed by FFA in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education as a service to state and local agricultural education agencies.

National FFA Constitution and Bylaws

The National FFA Constitution and Bylaws provide the founding principles, authority, objectives and procedures of the National FFA Organization.

State associations function within the constitution of the national organization but may also create individual leadership, award and competition programs. Chapters are chartered through their state organizations.

Proposed amendments to the National FFA Constitution and Bylaws may be submitted by a state FFA association, the board of student officers or the National FFA Board of Directors. Proposed amendments from a state FFA association must be submitted in writing to the national organization by January 1 for review by the National FFA Board of Directors. All proposed amendments to the National FFA Constitution and Bylaws must be submitted by the national advisor to the state FFA associations by March 1. The board of student officers shall present their recommendations concerning each amendment to the delegates at the national convention.

An amendment to the National FFA Constitution may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the official delegates at the National FFA Convention. An amendment to the bylaws shall require a majority vote of the official delegates at the national FFA convention. Amendments to the bylaws must not conflict with the National FFA Constitution.