FFA launches ‘I Believe in the Future of Agriculture’ campaign

Posted September 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

State educational funding does not provide designated funding for Agriculture Education and FFA, so help is needed in developing our future farmers, ranchers, agriculture employees and community leaders.  The ag industry recognizes the value of supporting agriculture education and how FFA today builds leaders and employees for tomorrow.  Together, ag supporters are launching the I Believe in the Future of Agriculture campaign with the South Dakota FFA Foundation, to run through December 31. Agriculture producers,  FFA supporters and alumni can turn their words into deeds by donating grain or funds to support local FFA chapters. Individuals that wish to make grain donations can do so at sponsoring elevators (ADM Benson Quinn of Hitchcock Tulare, Cargill, Central Farmers Cooperative, CHS Midwest Cooperatives, Country Pride Cooperative, Foothills Seed Inc., Harrold Terminal LLC, Miller Terminal, North Central Farmers Elevator, Northern Plains CHS Service Center, Southwest Grain and SD Wheat Growers), and cash donation cards can be obtained from your local FFA chapter members, the above elevators or donate securely online at the South Dakota FFA Foundation’s website: http://www.sdffafoundation.org.

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“The I Believe in the Future of Agriculture campaign allows for a unique way to support not only your local FFA chapters, but FFA across the state of South Dakota.” Sandy Osterday, South Dakota FFA Foundation Board President says. “Resources collected will have a direct impact on our number one priority—young people in agriculture.”

JP Heber, Redfield area farmer, says, “ “I believe in the future of agriculture and this program ensures FFA will be here for future generations. This is an easy way for us as farmers to donate and make a direct impact on our local schools. It only takes a few bushels to make a big difference to an FFA chapter.  I hope that by giving to these chapters we will be leading by example, showing the members how much local farmers care about the future of agriculture – the FFA students!”

Grain and funds will be collected at these locations: ADM Benson Quinn – Hitchcock Tulare; Cargill in Emery & Parker; Central Farmers Cooperative in Canova, Dimock, Freeman, Lyons, Marion, Montrose, Salem; Harrold Terminal, LLC; Country Pride Cooperative in Burke, Dallas, Fairfax, Wagner, Winner; Foothills Seed, Inc. in Sturgis; CHS Midwest Cooperatives in Pierre, Blunt, Onida, Philip, Draper & Kadoka; Miller Terminal; North Central Farmers Elevator in Bowdle, Craven, Ipswich, Faulkton,  Hague, Herreid, Highmore, Java, Lebanon, Leola, Miller,  Northville, Onaka, Pollock, Redfield, Strasburg, Warner, Wecota; Northern Plains CHS Service Centers in Dupree, Eureka, Faulkton, Gettysburg, Isabel, Selby, and in ND at Ashley & Strasburg; Southwest Grain in Lemmon; and SD Wheat Growers in Alpena, Andover, Berlin, Bristol, Carpenter, Columbia, Cresbard, Grebner, Hecla, Highmore, Huron Agronomy & Grain, Huron Receiving, Kennebec, Mansfield, McLaughlin, Mellette, Redfield Agronomy, Redfield Elevator, Redfield Energy, Reliance, Roscoe, St. Lawrence, Tulare, Wessington Springs, Aberdeen West Terminal, Willow Lake, Wolsey Grain, Wolsey Agronomy, Yale. 

The funds raised from the I Believe in the Future of Agriculture campaign will be split equally between the local chapters designated by the donor and the South Dakota Foundation. At the local level, the funds will support local FFA chapters with leadership programming, community service activities and other innovative projects that promote agriculture. The other funds, at the state level, will be used to support statewide programs, grow the capacity of FFA chapters—both current and potential new chapters—and ensure leadership for the organization into the future.

Heber adds, “In agriculture we take care of each other and that is exactly what this program allows us to do. We are directly affecting the organization that is growing the future agriculturists necessary for our industry to not only survive, but thrive. The agricultural skills FFA teaches are what feeds, clothes, and shelters the world. The skills taught are not that common anymore. Everyone wants to be doctors, lawyers, computer technicians or CEO’s, which are needed, but look around – the trades FFA offers like welding, building trades, farming, mechanic, and ranching are in high demand. This is a simple thing we as farmers can do to help ensure today’s FFA members are linking the raw commodity to what keeps the communities and schools rolling.”

For more information about the campaign, contact Gerri Ann Eide, South Dakota FFA Foundation Executive Director, at 605-765-4865 or gerri@sdffafoundation.org.

The mission of the South Dakota FFA Foundation is to provide an avenue of funding which will stimulate, promote and support the best interests of FFA students to create an awareness of agriculture careers, agri-business opportunities and the needs of a growing and diversified industry.