FFA Chapters to Compete

Creating new and stronger connections with local farmers may help one FFA chapter in seven states to win the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge.

| March 11, 2011

Indianapolis – FFA chapters in seven states recently began efforts to create new and stronger connections with their local farmers and earn their share of more than $225,000 in incentives.

The 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge encourages members of FFA chapters in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia and Alabama 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 the FFA Chapter Challenge website or by calling the National FFA Organization, toll-free, 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 that make 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,” says Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation. The foundation secures funding through corporate sponsorships and private contributions for FFA and agriculture education in general.

Only FFA chapters in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia and Alabama 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.

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