The Monsanto Fund is celebrating the FFA chapters who received America's Farmers Grow Communities donations this year. Grow Communities has supported FFA chapters by allowing farmers to direct more than $1.8 million to individual FFA chapters since 2010. This year, 202 FFA chapters are receiving the $2,500 donation, totaling more than half a million dollars. In Wisconsin, $37,500 will be distributed among 15 FFA chapters.
These donations will impact 1,110 FFA students in Wisconsin, allowing chapters to engage in unique opportunities in ag education such as purchasing equipment for hydroponics systems and crop test plots, as well as sending students to conventions, paying for end-of-year banquets, and much more.
"The donation will allow us to purchase FFA career development testing materials and equipment," said Jamie Rupp, Albany FFA advisor. "Our students will gain knowledge and be better prepared for future careers in agriculture. This is a great opportunity for our FFA Chapter, thanks to the farmer who directed the donation to our chapter, Mr. Brugger, and the Monsanto Fund."
Monsanto has a long history of supporting FFA, and is currently one of five Platinum Sponsors of National FFA. Platinum sponsors are those who donate more than $1 million to the National FFA Foundation.
"Monsanto's only business is agriculture, so we are proud to sponsor an organization that helps develop the future leaders of the agriculture industry," said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager.
This year, Monsanto launched a new scholarship, in connection with the National FFA Scholarship program. The America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program offers $1,500 scholarships to students pursuing a variety of agricultural majors. This year, the program was piloted in six states, but will launch nationally in November and will award up to 352 scholarships to students from 1,289 counties in 39 states.
Grow Ag Leaders and Grow Communities are part of the overall America's Farmers efforts to support youth, rural education and communities across the country.