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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013/National FFA Foundation) –
Agribusiness and agricultural law specialist and former state and federal
Department of Agriculture executive Beth Bechdol has been appointed chairwoman
of the National FFA Foundation’s Sponsors’ Board for 2014.
Ind., resident, Bechdol serves as director of agribusiness strategies for
Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller. She also manages the firm’s agricultural
law team and services.
She formerly served as deputy director of the
Indiana State Department of Agriculture and in key roles with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and on the Senate Agriculture Committee under former
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.
Bechdol began her career working in
agribusiness on critical policy issues in the Washington office of Informa
Economics. She serves on numerous professional and community boards, including
the Purdue Research Foundation, National Grain and Feed Association, Farm
Foundation Bennett Roundtable, Indiana State Fair Commission, Indiana Humanities
Council, and Community Harvest Food Bank.
She earned a bachelor’s degree
in international affairs from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in
agricultural economics from Purdue University.
The National FFA
Foundation secures financial resources for developing student potential and
supporting the future of agricultural education. The foundation is governed by a
board of trustees, with additional support from the Sponsors’ Board and
Individual Giving Council, groups comprised of educators, business leaders,
individual donors and FFA alumni.
Sponsors' Board members are selected
by an executive council and serve one-year terms, beginning in October. For
more, visit FFA.org/Give.
The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising
arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth
and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student
members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters
throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships
with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to
secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop
student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a
19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual
donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit
organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the
foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For
more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national
youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 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 at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA