INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014/National FFA Organization) – Growth Energy, a company that represents the producers and supporters of ethanol, recently announced support of the National FFA Organization and agricultural education as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The multi-year sponsorship, a first-time gift to the organization from the company, will immediately launch with teacher and student workshops presented by Growth Energy this week at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
The workshops, titled “Ethanol – Past, Present, Future,” take place on Friday, Oct. 31 and will provide an overview of the changing landscape in the ethanol industry and provide resources for teachers and students to take back to their classrooms after the event.
“Sustainable gifts, such as this from Growth Energy, provide long-term support for FFA and agricultural education,” Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation, said. “We are excited to announce this new partnership and look forward to having Growth Energy host workshops this week to immediately engage with FFA members and agriculture educators.”
In addition to the workshops, funding from Growth Energy will help support TeachAg and Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education™ (CASE), which are programs focused on agriculture educator recruitment and retention and curriculum development.
Also included in the gift is support for the national organization’s online personalized career exploration and development resources called “My Journey.” Support for Washington Leadership Conference, an annual event focused on developing students’ leadership skills and service to others, is also included in the sponsorship.
“Growth Energy is thrilled to help sponsor several important programs for FFA, including expanded opportunities to continue to educate FFA members on critical issues such as the important role biofuels and energy play in American agriculture,” Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, said. “Additionally, together, we will continue to build a robust networking system to attract new agriculture teachers and highlight the opportunities FFA members have as they enter the workforce. Ultimately, what this comes down to is investing in our most valuable resource, tomorrow’s leaders of American agriculture."
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 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 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 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
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