Monsanto will provide $1 million plus to support 14 FFA events in 2011

2011-02-22T09:05:00Z Monsanto will provide $1 million plus to support 14 FFA events in 2011 Minnesota Farm Guide
February 22, 2011 9:05 am

Monsanto will sponsor 14 high-profile National FFA Organization programs in 2011 designed to develop the leadership, agriscience and teamwork skills of FFA members.

St. Louis-based Monsanto Company will provide more than $1 million in sponsorships of National FFA Organization programs, awards, events, student scholarships and more this year.

Monsanto’s support will help finance the National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference, National Leadership Conference for State Officers, Agriscience Student of the Year program and 11 other national initiatives.

The annual Washington Leadership Conference, held during the summer, is a five-day event in Washington, D.C., that teaches FFA members throughout the country how to become effective leaders.

The three-day National Leadership Conference for State Officers, offered throughout the summer in various states, teaches FFA officer teams from throughout the nation advanced interpersonal communication strategies and presentation delivery techniques.

The Agriscience Student of the Year program recognizes high school students who discover creative solutions through research and theories to challenges within the agriculture industry. The winner will be named at the annual national FFA convention in October.

“Monsanto is a long-time, dedicated and highly valued partner of the National FFA Organization’s programs and services that develop youth into tomorrow’s agricultural industry leaders,” said Robert K. Cooper, executive director of The National FFA Foundation.

“The company is a global force in the agricultural industry and with Monsanto’s support, we can continue to grow and enhance these important programs that focus on developing FFA members’ leadership potential.”

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.

“For more than 50 years, Monsanto has supported the National FFA Organization. We’re elated to again be able to back the organization’s critically important agriculture education programs and initiatives throughout 2011,” said John Raines, vice president of customer advocacy at Monsanto.

“The National FFA Organization strives to teach its student members how to achieve their utmost potential, something that aligns closely with our focus on helping agriculturalists of today and tomorrow how to produce more, conserve more and improve lives through sustainable agriculture.”

The National FFA Organization 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.

About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities.

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