Toyota to donate 25 vehicles for FFA use during 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo; CountryMark to donate all fuel

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CONTACT
Kimberly Vogel
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization
KVogel@FFA.org
888-332-2589

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012/National FFA Organization) – For the seventh straight year, Toyota will provide the National FFA Organization with 25 vehicles for use as courtesy vehicles during the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo next week at several venues in the greater Indianapolis area.

Toyota will donate 25 Sienna, Highlander and Tundra vehicles. An estimated value of the company’s donation to FFA is $32,600.

“Toyota is proud to support FFA and has for more than 30 years,” said Kevin Fletcher, general manager of the Chicago region of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. “FFA has a long history of positively impacting our future agricultural leaders and we are pleased to be affiliated with such a storied American institution.”

Indiana-based CountryMark will donate all fuel needed by FFA as it hosts its 85th annual convention for FFA members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Last year, CountryMark provided 1,131 gallons of fuel, a donation to FFA valued at an estimated $4,000, and the company expects to provide the same amount of fuel this year.

“At CountryMark, we’re proud to support FFA’s dedication to making a positive difference in the lives of students,” said Jon Lantz, CountryMark vice president of marketing. “FFA develops each student’s potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Building leadership and career success capacity are initiatives that will serve these students well throughout their lives, and at CountryMark we’re proud to support these worthy endeavors.”

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.

About Toyota
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers which sold more than 1.64 million vehicles in 2011. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com.

About CountryMark
CountryMark is Indiana’s only American-owned oil exploration, production, refining and marketing company, and is recognized nationwide as a leader in the distribution of biodiesel and ethanol. This farmer-owned cooperative operates a refinery in Mount Vernon, and fuel terminals located in Mount Vernon, Switz City, Jolietville, and Peru, Ind; as well as Henderson, Kentucky. Headquarters are located in Indianapolis. Fifteen member cooperatives deliver CountryMark fuels, and more than 100 fuel stations carry CountryMark branded fuels in and around the state of Indiana. For the most up-to-date listing of retail fuel sites, as well as CountryMark’s branded dealer listing, visit www.CountryMark.com.