CHS Foundation commits two-year, $300,000 investment to National Teach Ag Campaign

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CONTACT
Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589

Ellen Thompson
National Teach Ag Coordinator
EThompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Feb. 18, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – The CHS Foundation has committed $300,000 more than two years to the National Teach Ag Campaign aimed at ensuring a quality supply of school-based agriculture teachers across the country. The contribution, secured through the National FFA Foundation, is the first multi-year allocation in CHS Foundation history.

The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative to raise awareness of career opportunities in agricultural education, retain current agriculture teachers, encourage others to consider a career as an agriculture teacher, and celebrate the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their schools and communities.

The CHS Foundation is an independent, private foundation supported by CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods company.

"We recognize and support the recruitment and retention of agriculture teachers in communities across the country," said William Nelson, president of the CHS Foundation. “The CHS Foundation values the role that agriculture teachers play in students’ lives and the impact they have on encouraging young people to go into agriculture careers.”

Nelson said that after supporting the National Teach Ag Campaign’s efforts for the past two years, the time was right to make a strong statement about their commitment to this project.

“We are incredibly grateful for this contribution,” said Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign coordinator. “There is currently a nationwide shortage of qualified agriculture teachers so this contribution to support recruitment and retention efforts is more critical now than ever.” The financial support will be used to fund existing initiatives such as the National Teach Ag Ambassador program, Teach Ag grants, Teach Ag workshops and resource creation and distribution.

As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development.

The National Teach Ag Campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. It is funded by the CHS Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. It is designed to raise awareness of career opportunities in agricultural education, retain current agriculture teachers, encourage others to consider a career as an agriculture teacher, and celebrate the positive contributions that agriculture teachers make in their schools and communities. For more, visit www.naae.org/teachag.

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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 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 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 Organization blog.