National FFA Organization celebrates 25-year relationship with RFD-TV founder, president

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Duane Brodt
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National FFA Organization
DBrodt@FFA.org
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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, May 6, 2013/National FFA Organization) – In recognition of his contributions to the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation, RFD-TV founder and president Patrick Gottsch was recently honored at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis.

Gottsch’s support over the last 25 years has made it possible for FFA to broadcast its annual National FFA Convention & Expo to those who could not attend beginning in 1988. The exposure of the event continues to grow. With his support, RFD-TV helped produce and air “FFA Today,” a national television program highlighting FFA news and activities at the local, state and national levels.

In 2010, RFD-TV helped FFA reach an international audience by devoting its float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Gottsch made it possible for the 2009-10 National FFA officers, the national FFA advisor and 52 state FFA presidents to participate in parade festivities.

“Patrick has made quite a difference in the lives of our students with the support he has provided FFA,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. “Because of his passion, dedication to agriculture and personal generosity, we are able to continue to spread the word about FFA and agricultural education.”

Through the generosity of RFD-TV, 100 Native American FFA members were able to attend the 2011 National FFA Convention & Expo as FFA celebrated its Native America heritage. Gottsch continues to help FFA communicate its message to a national audience by facilitating partnerships with iHigh.com and Alltech that video stream the events, activities and competitions of each National FFA Convention & Expo to all 50 U.S. states.

Last year, Gottsch donated $1 million on behalf of RFD-TV to the National FFA Organization, which is the single-largest unrestricted donation in the organization’s 85-year history.

“FFA truly treasures its relationship with Patrick and RFD-TV,” Armstrong said. “We honor him and express how much we appreciate his assistance in our quest to grow our membership and provide more opportunities to FFA members of the future.”

The National FFA Organization 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 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.