The cancellation of the Minnesota State Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic is not stopping the Minnesota FFA Foundation from celebrating FFA youth and agricultural education.
The foundation will host a telethon Sept. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. to highlight student and program success through each of the eight regions of the state.
“Agricultural education is vital in providing students an opportunity to not only grow their awareness of agriculture, but to develop the skills needed to pursue careers in agriculture and to be leaders in their local communities,” says Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation executive director. “As soon as we realized that we wouldn’t be celebrating student success at the Minnesota State Fair, members of the Minnesota FFA Foundation board of trustees set to work on planning an event that would provide an opportunity to highlight the success and talent of our students.”
The four-hour telethon will include messages and performances from students, teachers and the agricultural community throughout Minnesota.
In addition to showcasing the importance of ag education programs, the telethon will serve as a fundraiser to support FFA programs. Sponsorships are in the process of being sought from businesses and organizations. Information on levels of sponsorship and the recognition included is available from Aarsvold; call 507-534-0188.
More information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation is available at mnffafoundation.org.