Animal Health International president, CEO John Adent to serve as National FFA Foundation board of trustees chairman for 2012

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012/National FFA Foundation) – Animal Health International president and CEO John Adent has been selected to serve as chairman of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board for 2012.

Raised on a fruit orchard and hog farm in southwestern Michigan, Adent and his brothers were responsible for the swine operation and he was very active in 4-H. After graduating from DePauw University with a double major in Economics and Chinese, he completed the executive development program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.

Adent was then hired into the management-training program at Ralston Purina. He spent about nine months in the training program working in Canada, Korea and Taiwan. After training, he held the positions of director of business development for Purina China, sales and marketing manager for Purina Nanjing Feedmill Co., and director of business development and director of operations for Purina Philippines.

He continued in various capacities with Ralston Purina International Division after its acquisition by Agribrands International and with Agribrands after being purchased by Cargill. In 2004, Adent joined Lextron and held the title of president and CEO until the company merged with Animal Health International, where today he serves as president and CEO.

He and wife Hannah have five children.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.


About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that fund FFA activities, recognize 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

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 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, on Facebook, on Twitter and FFA Nation.