Iowa FFA members made connections with area farmers and advocated on behalf of agriculture in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge this year. The members not only learned firsthand about agricultural livelihoods, but the top six chapters in the state also earned a total of $7,250 for their programs.
New this year, Chapter Challenge offered members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihood. Those farmers then voted for their favorite chapter. With the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge, chapters were encouraged to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned through social media and by creating a video.
"Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation," says Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. "Together we are helping local chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities."
The top six chapters in the state in both categories were recognized at the 2013 Iowa Convention in Ames on April 23, 2013.
Across the country, chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo. The top chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500 which can be used with the national office for items such as new blue jackets, convention fees and more.
"Connecting students with area farmers and agriculture business professionals are vital experiences for chapter growth," says Graettinger-Terril High School FFA Adviser, Ashley Wiebe. "With the support of the community, FFA chapters can tap into the wealth of knowledge and resources these people have and can share. It keeps us up to date on current issues in agriculture and gives students an opportunity to serve and begin potential employer relationships."~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
To see a full list of 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, visit the Chaper Challenge website.
Top chapters in Iowa
* Graettinger-Terril High School FFA in Graettinger, Adviser: Ashley Weibe
* Cascade High School FFA in Cascade, Adviser: Milt Luckstead
* Clay Central Everly High School FFA in Everly, Adviser: Betsy Scholelerman
* North-Linn FFA in Troy Mills, Adviser: Tom Murray
* Grundy Center High School FFA in Grundy Center, Adviser: Amber Greiman
* Rock Valley High School FFA in Rock Valley, Adviser: Micah Weber
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About National FFA Foundation: The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82% of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation website.
About National FFA Organization: The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.