Senator Turner

SPRINGFIELD – FFA and 4-H students will receive school work hours when participating in a work-based learning experience outside of the classroom starting Jan. 1 thanks to a new law spearheaded by State Senator Doris Turner.

“I’ve been a strong advocate for ag education and want to ensure students aren’t being jeopardized for attending FFA and 4-H program events,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “These programs provide essential hands-on experience in the agriculture industry, which is prominent here in Illinois.”

House Bill 3814 allows students to count hours that they participate in a work-based learning experience as hours of school work. Turner’s law includes participation in scheduled events of state and national FFA associations as well as 4-H programs as part of organized competitions or exhibitions — something she advocates strongly for.

Illinois FFA is a youth organization that prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization across the state aimed at teaching practical skills to youth by offering lessons in communications, leadership, career development, livestock, home improvement and computer technology.

“As chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a member of the Senate Education Committee, I know the valuable experiences students get from participating in hands-on learning,” said Turner. “This is a step forward in encouraging students to learn about agriculture and what the industry has to offer.”

House Bill 3814 takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.