Washington Leadership Conference under way in nation’s capital

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WASHINGTON (Friday, June 17, 2011/National FFA Organization) – FFA members from across the nation are attending the 2011 Washington Leadership Conference in the nation’s capital. The conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization and sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
 
The week-long program helps FFA members improve their leadership skills and prepare for leadership roles in their chapters, communities and their future careers. Students attend sessions on developing authentic leadership, serving their communities and service learning. The conference ends with all participants giving back to the community through one of 11 service projects, sponsored by Timberland.
 
WLC attracts participants from across the country with more than 2,000 FFA members attending one of seven week-long sessions that started June 7. Students also increase their understanding of the nation’s heritage with visits to Arlington National Cemetery; the Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt memorials; and other historic sites. A highlight of the week for many students is a visit to the office of their local U.S. representative or senator.
 
“We live in an increasingly competitive world,” said Dr. Steve Brown, interim National FFA Organization advisor and coordinator of Agricultural and Rural Education at the U.S. Department of Education. “Tomorrow’s leaders must develop skills in these areas to effectively compete. Every student leaves the Washington Leadership Conference with an advantage because it gives those young people cutting-edge leadership skills and valuable insight for productive citizenship.”
 
Event title sponsor Monsanto is dedicated to the future success of agriculture by investing more than $1 million to the National FFA Foundation in 2011 as part of a broad commitment to support agricultural youth.
 
“Monsanto and FFA are committed to helping youth develop their communication and leadership skills that will serve them throughout life,” said John Raines, vice president of customer advocacy at Monsanto. “We know our business will only be as strong as the next generation and FFA students attending WLC earn valuable leadership skills that will benefit them and their future employers over a lifetime”.
 
WLC is also supported during by four additional sponsors: CSX, sponsor of weeks one through four from June 7 to July 3; CPS, sponsor of week two June 14-18; and TransCanada, sponsor of weeks five though seven from July 12-31.
 
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. Nearly 82 percent of all funds received by the foundation support FFA and agricultural education opportunities.
 
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.
 
CONTACT
Kristy Meyer
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization
Kmeyer@ffa.org
317-802-4205
 
 
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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. 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/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 ).
 
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 at http://www.monsantoblog.com .
 
About Timberland PRO
Building on the Timberland (NYSE: TBL) heritage of craftsmanship and quality, Timberland PRO is recognized as an industry leader in the design, engineering and marketing of premium-quality footwear, apparel and accessories for working professionals who require the best comfort and protection on the job. Timberland PRO embraces the company’s commitment of “doing well and doing good”–forging powerful partnerships among employees, consumers and service partners to transform the communities in which they live and work. To learn more about Timberland PRO, visit www.timberlandpro.com. To learn more about Timberland, visit www.timberland.com .
 
About CPS
CPS is dedicated to being the best retailer in each of our markets. We are focused on bringing the best of agronomics and innovations in technologies to our growers. CPS is committed to recruiting, hiring and retaining the highest quality employees to serve our clients.
 
About CSX
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 nearly 21,000 mile, with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 240 short line and regional railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com .
 
About TransCanada
For more than 60 years, TransCanada has developed and operated North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines and power generation and gas storage facilities. The company’s network of natural gas pipelines covers more than 35,500 miles and taps into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 380 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. The company’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more, visit www.transcanada.com.
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