FFA chapters in Alabama have joined with chapters in six other states to make new and stronger connections with their local farmers and earn their share of more than $225,000 in incentives provided by Monsanto.
The 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge encourages members of FFA chapters in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Missouri to reach out to their community’s farmers, learn about their operations, engage them and bond them with FFA.
Confirmation of each participating chapter’s connection with local farmers must be registered by farmers online at www.FFAChapterChallenge.com or by calling the National FFA Organization at (800) 293-2387.
The deadline for farmers to confirm connections is May 1. FFA chapter winners will be announced by May 15.
The top 125 FFA chapters making the most connections with farmers will receive a $1,500 certificate of credit from the National FFA Organization. Chapters can use the credit throughout the year to buy FFA member jackets, merchandise, awards, banquet supplies and more.
Chapters can also use the funds to pay member costs associated with attending the organization’s largest annual events, the Washington Leadership Conference and national FFA convention.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to reach out to people in their community who make their living in agriculture and forge strong, meaningful relationships," said Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation, which secures funding through corporate sponsorships and private contributions for FFA and agriculture education in general. "Monsanto’s support of this initiative will most definitely help build support of local FFA chapters and ultimately help develop tomorrow’s agriculture industry leaders."
Only FFA chapters in the seven states are eligible to participate. More than 1,700 FFA chapters and their combined 117,824 FFA members can take part in the FFA Chapter Challenge.
The chapter making the most connections among the top 125 chapters participating in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge will be awarded a grand prize—an all-expenses-paid trip for six FFA members and one adult advisor to October’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The grand prize has an actual retail value of $6,500.
For more about the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge, sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, visit FFAChapterChallenge.com.
Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to more than 523,000 student members in grades 7 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 FFA.org.
Darryal Ray works for Alfa.