house resolution no.193

Reps. Lightner, Bollin, Smit, Hall, Neyer, Posthumus, Thompson, Beeler, Zorn, Prestin, Beson, Roth, Schmaltz, Aragona, Slagh, Wozniak, Bezotte, Phil Green, DeSana, Fox, Borton, Steele, Kuhn, Witwer, Miller, Snyder, McFall, Mentzer, Andrews, Tsernoglou, Brixie, Haadsma, Rogers, Glanville, Alexander, Breen and Fitzgerald offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare February 17-24, 2024, as National FFA Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Future Farmers of America (FFA) was established in 1928 and is now known as the National FFA Organization.† In 1950, Congress granted FFA a federal charter, making it a vital part of public agricultural instruction under the National Vocational Education Act; and

Whereas, The National FFA Organization is comprised of 945,988 members in grades seven through twelve; and

Whereas, These members belong to one of 9,163 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and††

Whereas, FFA operates on local, state, and national levels.† Student members belong to chapters at the local level where agricultural educators serve as chapter advisors; and

Whereas, FFA members elect their own student officers that plan and conduct activities with supervision from their advisors; and††

Whereas, States conduct annual conventions where members can demonstrate their proficiency in competitions based on real-world agricultural skills; and††

Whereas, Local, state, and national FFA programs help members develop public speaking skills, conduct and participate in meetings, manage financial matters, strengthen problem-solving abilities, and assume civic responsibilities; and††

Whereas, The National FFA convention is the organizationís premier gathering during which competitors are recognized nationally; and

Whereas, The National FFA Organization has expanded opportunities in the agricultural industry. The FFA helps members prepare for careers in agribusiness, agri-marketing, science, communications, education, horticulture, production, natural resources, forestry, and other diverse fields; and

Whereas, Members of the FFA strengthen their communities through service and preparation of the next generation of leaders to conquer challenges; and

Whereas, There are more than 704,297 FFA Alumni and Supporters across the country that support and advocate for agricultural education; and

Whereas, Members of the FFA Organization will celebrate National FFA Week during the week of February 17 through 24, 2024; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare February 17-24, 2024, as National FFA Week in the state of Michigan. We encourage all citizens to recognize and celebrate the important role of the National FFA Organization in building valuable skills through hands-on learning and developing young students for leadership, personal growth, and career success.