Firestone Drives Innovation With FFA

By |2019-09-30T17:21:44-04:00September 30th, 2019|FFA New Horizons, Foundation, The Feed|

A longtime partnership between FFA and Firestone Ag creates the road map for the future of ag.

Harvey Firestone loved innovation and agriculture.

The fourth-generation farmer and founder of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company invented pneumatic rubber tires to make farming more efficient and long hours on the tractor more comfortable, but his contribution to agriculture extended beyond tires. Firestone also played a significant role in establishing and supporting the National FFA Foundation. The partnership is still going strong after 75 years.

“Firestone was dedicated to enhancing the education of future farmers,” explains Tony Orlando, president of Firestone Ag, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Firestone Ag’s involvement with FFA is ingrained in the legacy of our company. We know that organizations like FFA are vital in moving our industry forward across generations.”

In 1944, Firestone chaired the first FFA Foundation Board, helping create the corporate structure that helps FFA develop future agriculture leaders. His son, Leonard Firestone, served as the first chairman of the FFA Corporate Governance Board. Since then, several more company executives have also held the role, acting on recommendations from national delegates and agricultural education stakeholders to set the vision and policy for FFA.

“FFA and Firestone Ag have