CSX supports National Teach Ag Campaign through National FFA Foundation

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

Ellen Thompson
National Teach Ag campaign coordinator
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, April 9, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – CSX is supporting the recruitment and retention of agriculture, food and natural resource sciences teachers by sponsoring the National Teach Ag Campaign. This sponsorship is part of the company’s more than $1 million commitment to a variety of agricultural education and FFA programs through the National FFA Foundation.

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

“CSX values the important role of agriscience teachers,” said Todd Greenwood, director of corporate contributions at the National FFA Foundation. “CSX’s investment in the National Teach Ag Campaign is vital to addressing the critical nationwide shortage of agriscience teachers – especially now when enrollment in secondary agriscience courses and FFA membership is at an all-time high.”

CSX’s support will be used to fund existing initiatives such as the Teach Ag Ambassador program, Teach Ag grants, National Teach Ag Day, Teach Ag workshops and agriculture teacher recruitment and retention resource creation and distribution.

This is the third year CSX has supported agricultural education and FFA through the National FFA Foundation.

"Our commitment to growing local communities, protecting the environment and service learning is paramount to what we do at CSX," said Tori Kaplan, assistant vice president of corporate social responsibility at CSX. “Through our support of the National Teach Ag Campaign, we are helping to ensure that we have enough high quality agriscience teachers to educate our future leaders.”

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

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans about 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX’s network connects more than 240 short line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports.

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 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 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 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.