17 Minnesota high school FFA chapters to split $25,500 in incentives from Monsanto for competing in 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge

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INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, May 17, 2011/National FFA Organization) – Seventeen Minnesota FFA chapters will split $25,500 of incentives for competing in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge competition.
These FFA chapters each will receive a $1,500 line of credit courtesy of Monsanto with the National FFA Organization that can be used to pay for FFA-related activities and expenses throughout the year:
·         St. Charles High School
·         Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg High School
·         Russell Tyler Ruthton High School
·         Dasel Cokato High School
·         Leroy-Ostrander High School
·         Southland High School
·         Lac Qui Parle Valley High School
·         Alexandria High School
·         Sauk Centre High School
·         Mahnomen High School
·         Kasson Mantorville High School
·         Sauk Rapids High School
·         Thief River Falls High School
·         Lweiston Altura High School
·         Morris Senior High School
·         Detroit Lakes High School
·         Red Rock Central High School
The Minnesota FFA Association was also awarded a $1,500 grant from Monsanto for participating in the competition.
Overall, West Plains High Schools in West Plains, Mo., was the grand prize winner of the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge with 469 votes, earning an all-expenses-paid trip for six members and an adult advisor to the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis and a $1,500 credit line with FFA. More than 360 FFA chapters and a combined 22,000 FFA members earned more than 10,385 votes from farmers across the seven-state area.
Sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the competition began March 7. FFA chapters in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama sent members into their communities to meet farmers, learn about their operations and connect with them by sharing what their FFA chapter is doing in their community. Farmers were then asked to vote online for their favorite FFA chapter. The competition ended May 1.
FFA chapters competed for their share of more than $225,000 of incentives provided by Monsanto.
Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to more than 523,000 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,487 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st U.S. Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. For more, visit http://www.ffa.org.
Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online (http://www.ffa.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nationalffa), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org).