Farm Progress

Titan has been raising funds for organization for 20 years.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

November 13, 2017

2 Min Read
SOLD FOR A CAUSE: Titan International auctions off tires at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. The company helped raise more than $92,000 to benefit FFA through its various auctions this year.

Nebraska FFA Foundation has benefited from the annual Titan International FFA tire auction held annually at Husker Harvest Days in September. This year was no different, with the tire auction netting nearly $40,000 for Nebraska FFA.

According to a recent news release from Titan, $92,580 was raised for various regional FFA chapters over the course of special-event tire auctions held during the major farm shows across the country. This marks the 20th year Titan has held such auctions to benefit state FFA efforts.

Netting around $40,000, the auction at HHD offered Titan and Goodyear farm tires offered for sale on-site and online bidding only available for a John Deere Gator and LSW Extreme Flotation tires.

The Farm Progress Show tire auction held this year in Decatur, Ill., raised $24,030 for Illinois and Indiana FFA, and the Sunbelt Ag Expo tire auction raised $28,550 for Georgia FFA.

"We are proud to support an organization dedicated to cultivating the future leaders of the agriculture industry,” says Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager at Titan. “The tire auctions are our way of giving back to hardworking students."

The first FFA tire auction was held in 1996 at the Farm Progress Show and Sunbelt Ag Expo. FFA tire auctions have been held for five years at HHD. Auction services at the HHD tire auction were donated by BigIron Auctions.

"We are so grateful for the support of Titan Tire, Graham Tire and the several John Deere dealers in the state for supporting the Nebraska FFA Foundation in this way," says Stacey Agnew, executive director of Nebraska FFA Foundation. "They, along with the bidders, understand the value that this contribution makes for Nebraska FFA members. These funds mean sustainability for the growing number of FFA chapters, members and advisers across the state."

Nebraska FFA Foundation programs impact students, teachers and FFA programs, Agnew says. "Nebraska FFA has surpassed all-time highs from the 1950s FFA programs in terms of number of students and teachers," she explains. "In the past six years, there have been over 40 new FFA programs. We need to make sure we can continue to maintain impactful programming for more students as we continue to grow," Agnew continues. "Funds from events like the tire auction help the FFA Foundation to fund local chapter grant programs, agricultural educator support and the Nebraska FFA Association."

Since 1990, Nebraska FFA Foundation has been the fundraising arm of FFA in Nebraska, working to grow FFA in more communities, expose students to the agriculture industry, support agriculture education instructors and statewide leadership capacity in FFA.

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About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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