Legal-Ease: FFA and Congressional charters

FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a student agricultural organization. This is National FFA Week, and FFA is a required part of formal agriculture education programs in schools.

FFA is one of only a few Congressionally chartered agricultural organizations in the country. Congressional Charters of nonprofit organizations recognize that the organizations are legitimate and add value to American life.

This is National FFA Week. Formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, FFA is a student agricultural organization that is considered an integral part of the curriculum for each student who studies agriculture in America. In Ohio, agriculture students in junior high, high school or up to a few years removed from high school are in FFA. Unlike 4-H, FFA is a required part of formal agriculture education programs in schools.

Other than my religion, no organization has had a bigger impact on my life than FFA. Immediately following my high school graduation, I was fortunate to serve as state president and thereafter national vice president of FFA. However, it is likely that my local experiences were as influential as my national ones.

Read more about the FFA and Congressional Charters in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: FFA and Congressional charters

Source:, “Legal-Ease: FFA and Congressional charters,” by Lee R. Schroeder, February 17, 2018

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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