Iowa FFA chapter members have a unique opportunity to grab their piece of over $15,000 in cash and scholarships this year at the 83rd Iowa FFA Leadership Conference. The 2011 state FFA conference will be held April 14-15 at HyVee Hall in Des Moines.
The dollars are part of an incentive program to encourage Iowa FFA chapters and their members to participate in the Stine Seed Program, a fundraising initiative that allows farmers to purchase their seed corn through the FFA and write the entire amount of the check to the Iowa FFA Foundation. FFA members and FFA chapters are selling the seed this winter by taking seed orders from farmers. All of the money from sales of the seed goes directly to the Iowa FFA Foundation, as Stine is donating the seed.
The money generated by Iowa's farmers by contributing to this fundraising activity will be used to help complete the funds needed for the FFA Enrichment Center, a newly constructed building in Ankeny dedicated to enhancing the learning and leadership development opportunities of FFA members, alumni, agricultural students, teachers, and the general public.
Over $15,000 available for Iowa FFA members
The incentive program is made possible with the support of Tractor Supply Company, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, and several of Iowa's community college ag departments. These supporters are:
Tractor Supply Company $5,000 cash awards
ISU College of Ag and Life Sciences 10 scholarships ($500 each)
Ellsworth Community College 2 scholarships ($500 each)
Indian Hills Community College 2 scholarships ($500 each)
Iowa Lakes Community College 2 scholarships ($500 each)
Muscatine Community College 2 scholarships ($500 each)
Des Moines Area Community College 1 scholarship ($500)
Hawkeye Community College 1 scholarship ($500)
Southwestern Community College 1 scholarship ($500)
The Stine Seed Program is a special project through the Iowa FFA Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit organization that seeks and provides financial support to assist agricultural education organizations in accomplishing their missions.
Farmers interested in purchasing seed, should contact program coordinator Dan Hansen at 712-249-7277 or visit www.ffaenrichmentcenter.com.