Donation Helps Close Gap On Iowa FFA Enrichment Center Fund Raising

Unique donation by Stine Seeds enables Iowa FFA Foundation to finalize fund raising effort for project being built at Ankeny.

A unique and generous donation from Harry Stine, Stine Seeds, Adel, Iowa, will enable the Iowa FFA Foundation to finalize fund-raising efforts for the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center being built on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.

"A lot of people have been working a long time on this project, and we collected over $11 million in cash and pledges," says Steve DeWitt, Iowa FFA Foundation president. "Construction of the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center began in October 2008, but with increased costs in steel and other materials, we fell short of our goal. Harry Stine, who pledged $2 million in 2005 to get the project underway, has come up with a generous plan to close that gap."

Local FFA chapters in Iowa will seed corn

In the plan announced last week, Stine Seed has donated several million dollars worth of Stine seed corn to the Iowa FFA Foundation for local FFA chapters to sell to farmers in their area. "What is unique about this is that 100% of proceeds from the sale of the seed corn will benefit Iowa FFA with approximately 90% going to the foundation and 10% retained by the local chapter," says DeWitt.

"This corn donation program is an extension of Harry Stine's initial gift and represents a way for FFA members and Iowa's corn growers to partner in raising the funds necessary to complete the facility," says David Thompson, Stine Seed's national marketing and sales director.

Eight different Stine brand hybrids will be available, ranging in maturity from 92 to 112 days. All of the hybrids feature VT Triple technology, providing insect protection coupled the with Roundup Ready 2 system. "These are our newest and best selling products," says Thompson. "The seed will be supported through the regular Stine sales and agronomy network in Iowa."

To buy seed, contact your local FFA chapter

Farmers interested in purchasing seed should contact their local FFA Chapter or Dianne Fuller, project coordinator, at 641-895-0750 for additional information.

The Iowa FFA Enrichment Center will offer an advanced learning and leadership development program for Iowa's over 12,000 FFA members and approximately 230 ag education instructors. It is a 57,000 square foot facility that is already under construction and will feature conferencing and meeting facilities, ag and biotech science labs, a computer lab, vet technology labs, resource and exhibition facilities and a communications center with long distance learning capabilities. Construction is scheduled to run through March 2010. A Webcam will be placed on the building so anyone interested can view the ongoing construction.

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