With just two weeks to go, a Missouri high school FFA chapter is in the lead of a seven-state competition between FFA chapters seeking to make the most connections with area farmers.
West Plains High School leads the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge with 532 votes. Lawrence County High School in Moulton, Ala., is in second place with 432 votes. Indiana's John Glenn High School is third with 426 votes. McDonald County High School in Anderson, Mo., is fourth with 238 votes and Ariton High School in Ariton, Ala., is fifth with 205 votes.
The 2010 FFA Chapter Challenge began March 7. Sponsored by Monsanto through the National FFA Foundation, the competition involves FFA chapters in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama in the pilot program to connect local FFA chapters with their community's farmers. FFA members must reach out to their local farmers, meet them, learn about their operations and connect with them by sharing what their FFA chapter is doing in the community. In turn, farmers are asked to go online and vote for their favorite chapter.
The chapter with the most votes by May 1 will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for six students and an adult adviser to the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis – valued at more than $6,500 – plus a $1,500 line of credit that they can use to buy FFA-related merchandise, fund FFA activities and help pay for FFA-related costs throughout the year. The top 125 chapters participating in the competition will also receive a $1,500 line of credit. For participating, each of the seven state FFA organizations will receive a $1,500 grant.
Participating FFA chapters that register online and have at least one vote by 11:59 p.m. CST Friday will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a free FFA merchandise gift certificate. Ten $100 FFA Merchandise Gift Certificates will be awarded to winners in the drawing.
All winners will be announced on www.FFAChapterChallenge by May 15.
More than 1,700 FFA chapters and their combined 117,824 FFA members remain eligible to participate in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge.
For more information, visit www.ffa.org.
Source: National FFA Organization