Iowa FFA chapters have a unique opportunity to "Be the Seed" of innovation and progress in their local communities, while promoting the importance of agriculture through a new grant program offered this fall. The Iowa Food & Family Project is teaming up with DuPont Pioneer, in collaboration with the Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa FFA Association, to award 12 "Be The Seed" $2,500 grants to Iowa FFA chapters. Two recipients will be selected in each of the FFA's six districts -- North, Central, Northeast, South Central, Southeast and Southwest.
"Iowa has long been respected for the strength of its farms, schools and communities," says Bart Baudler, DuPont Pioneer Iowa business director. "We recognize and champion Iowa FFA chapters to 'be the seed' in their local communities. With this partnership and grant program, we can do even more to encourage local youth to launch innovative programs that make a positive difference and educate others on these strengths."
Iowa FFA chapters can "Be The Seed" in local communities with new grant program
To be eligible, FFA chapters must collaborate with an existing community or school group to conduct a program that is the "seed" of change, innovation or education to enhance their local community. Chapters are encouraged to incorporate food and farming themes into their programming, and to utilize this opportunity to educate others on the importance of agriculture, sustainability and community involvement.
In addition, one grant recipient determined to have conducted the most successful activity in partnership with their community will be recognized with a $5,000 Award of Achievement at the 2014 FFA State Leadership Conference.
The deadline to apply is Friday, October 25. Program details, activity ideas and a grant application are available at the Iowa Food & Family website. Grant recipients will be announced Nov. 13 and will be invited to attend a "Be The Seed" Recognition event hosted by DuPont Pioneer in Johnston on December. 3. Chapter programs awarded "Be the Seed" grants will be conducted through March 2014.