INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, March 7, 2011/National FFA Organization) – A pilot program designed to establish new relationships between FFA chapters and farmers in their communities launched today in seven U.S. states.
Participating FFA chapters in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama will compete through May 1 for their share of more than $225,000 in incentives provided by Monsanto in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge.
The challenge being issued to FFA chapters and their members is to make new connections with local farmers, then ask for farmers to vote for their chapter online at www.FFAChapterChallenge.com.
The top 125 FFA chapters that get the most votes will each receive a $1,500 certificate of credit from the National FFA Organization that can be used to fund FFA activities, buy FFA merchandise and help pay costs for members to attend the National FFA Organization’s annual Washington Leadership Conference and national FFA convention.
Overall, the top vote-getting chapter will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip for six FFA members and one adult advisor to October’s 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
In addition, each state FFA association eligible to participate in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge will receive $1,500 cash to help fund FFA activities.
Winners will be announced online by May 15. More than 1,700 FFA chapters and their combined 117,824 FFA members can compete in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge. Only FFA chapters in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama are eligible to participate this year.
For more about the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge, sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, visit www.FFAChapterChallenge.com.
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.
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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 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. Nearly 82 percent of all funds received by the foundation support FFA and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.ffa.org/donate.
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).