INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Aug. 29, 2016/National FFA Organization) – For the past four years, Merck Animal Health has worked with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture and agricultural education. Through a generous donation, Merck Animal Health has worked with FFA to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture.
In 2016, Merck Animal Health will serve as a silver-level sponsor. The company brand and messaging will be visible at sponsor registration at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo, during the convention opening session, as a part of the FFA agricultural literacy and advocacy platform, and through the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
"We appreciate that Merck's company goals and values align with FFA and that Merck sees agricultural education and FFA as critical to their industry and company success," said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation president. "We are thankful for their increased support to become a silver-level sponsor."
"Merck Animal Health is committed to ensuring that today's youth receive the education and immersive experiences that are essential to their future success," said Scott Bormann, vice president, North America, Merck Animal Health. "We are pleased to have a role in fostering the next generation of agriculture leaders."
At the local, state and national levels, FFA brings their mission to life for student members. Members gain experience in the areas of agricultural literacy and advocacy, agricultural knowledge, career exploration, leadership development, food security, and service engagement.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. 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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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 agricultural 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 every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit