Indianapolis (October 2016/National FFA Foundation)
The National FFA Foundation awarded an FFA jacket to a member of the Haven FFA Chapter chapter. Central Prairie Co-op together with Syngenta participated in the FFA Blue Jacket program as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, to make the award possible. The FFA blue corduroy jacket is the most recognized symbol of the National FFA Organization and worn only by student members. The FFA Blue Jacket program began with Syngenta in 2008 and awarded 40 FFA blue jackets in its inaugural year. Recently, the program has grown to provide more than 190 FFA blue jackets annually to deserving members.
Syngenta challenged its retail partners to contribute an amount to be matched by Syngenta as part of its support to the National FFA Organization. In recognition of each retailer’s contribution, a local chapter selected by the Syngenta retail partner received an official FFA blue jacket and a $750 donation check.
“Syngenta is honored to partner with retailers across the United States supporting the FFA Blue Jacket Program,” said Jerry Johnson, Syngenta’s Heartland East Commercial Unit Head. “It is a tremendous opportunity to support local chapters and our future leaders that will shape global agriculture.”
“Meeting the challenge of feeding a world population forecast to top 9 billion people by the year 2050 will require students who understand the science, business and technology of agriculture,” said National FFA President Molly Ball. “This generous support from Syngenta and Central Prairie Co-op is helping prepare FFA members to be the next generation of leaders and innovators for American agriculture.”
The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.