“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds.”
As a youth, Ronald L. Grapes won state in the FFA Meat Judging Contest and had the opportunity to attend the national convention. Now he is principal owner of Grapes Family Farms Ltd. in Kearney, Neb., and has chosen to give back to FFA to help the future farmers of today—and for generations to come.
“I wanted to help provide an educated voice for the future national and global discussions of agriculture,” he says.
Through use of a revocable trust, he has established the Ron Grapes Family Broadening Agriculture Experience Fund. The fund will provide grants to students in need of financial resources to start or operate their FFA agricultural projects. He says he hopes his gift “allows for positive experiences in agriculture” that students otherwise might not have. With his gift, FFA members have the opportunity to learn by doing as they gain agricultural experience.
Ron says that his decision to support FFA was easy because he personally knows “the true impact FFA can have on a young person’s life.” He says that setting up the trust to support the National FFA Foundation was simple, and that he has asked that preference be given to Nebraska students.
“I want others to know how easy it was to capture my dreams for (impacting) the lives of young people,” he says. “Today my endowment will perpetually fund dreams of students for generations—and I did it all through my estate!”