Missouri, Tennessee FFA chapters win 2013 Chapter Challenge sponsored by Monsanto

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

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, April 10, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – FFA chapters from Missouri and Tennessee are the big winners in a documentary and portfolio competition sponsored by Monsanto.

More than 265,000 FFA members in 3,800 FFA chapters across 15 states began competition in the 2013 Chapter Challenge in January. To enter the competition, FFA members had to either interview and document the lives of agriculturalists in their local communities or build a portfolio of interviews, develop a social media plan and produce a video that promotes agriculture awareness.

Entries were submitted to the National FFA Organization and judged in March by a panel of marketing, communications and education professionals.

FFA chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin were eligible to compete in the 2013 event.

The Cameron High School FFA chapter in Cameron, Mo., won grand prize in the interview and documentary division while the Siegel High School FFA chapter in Murfreesboro, Tenn., won grand prize in the portfolio division.

The two grand prize-winning FFA chapters earned both a $2,000 certificate of credit with the National FFA Organization that can be used to cover FFA-related expenses throughout the year and an all-expenses paid trip for up to six students and their FFA advisor to the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. Each grand prize is valued at $12,000.

The top FFA chapters in each division of the competition earned a line of credit for use on FFA expenses, including supplies or convention and conference registration fees. Those prizes ranged from $2,500 to $500. Overall, Monsanto provided nearly $300,000 in prize money for the FFA chapters competing in the 2013 Chapter Challenge.

“I have no doubt that our members made new and meaningful relationships with those in their community who make their living in agriculture and we’re thankful for the opportunity that Monsanto has created to give FFA members such an experience,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “The projects our FFA chapters submitted were outstanding and proof that agriculture is alive and growing throughout the U.S.”

For more information about this year’s completion, including photographs, news releases, video submissions and more, visit www.FFAChapterChallenge.com.

“FFA shapes the future generation by creating a strong foundation through agriculture education,” said Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager Elizabeth Vancil. “Monsanto is proud to team with the National FFA Foundation to help FFA chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities.”

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.

About Monsanto
Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about Monsanto and its commitments, visit www.monsanto.com. Monsanto is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MonsantoCo, and publishes Beyond the Rows, a corporate blog, at http://www.monsantoblog.com.