Prairieland FS, Inc. is happy to announce the three winners in its second Growing Our Future FFA Program. Claiming the first place prize of $5,000 for their FFA Chapter is Athens FFA. Second place was awarded to Marion County FFA and they will receive $2,500 for their FFA Chapter. $1,000 and third place honors goes to Jacksonville FFA. All winning FFA Chapters will also receive branded T-shirts for all members of their chapters to wear at various FFA functions. Thirteen schools competed in this year’s Growing Our Future Program.
The Growing Our Future FFA Program was established by Prairieland FS, Inc. as a way to enhance our community giving in our trade territory. Prairieland FS, Inc. takes great pride in giving back to our local communities and felt with current economic downfalls and budget cuts that we needed to increase our giving to the FFA Chapters in our trade territory. These FFA members are the future employees, patrons and business owners of Prairieland FS, Inc. We feel it is our responsibility to enhance their learning experience, leadership skills and opportunities so that they are prepared for the future.
"We have always taken great pride in supporting the communities we serve and the National FFA Organization is a great program for kids to learn valuable life skills. We want to ensure those opportunities stay available to our local schools and students," said Keith Hufendick, Prairieland FS, Inc. CEO.
Each school had to submit an application and a proposal of what they would do with the funding. Proposals were open for their interpretation and could be anything from a PowerPoint to a music video. A panel of judges evaluated the applications and scored them based on importance of the need, relevance to agriculture education, benefit to the development of FFA Chapter, impact on students and community, and the presentation elements. Marion County FFA is going to use the funds towards making greenhouse improvements and enhancing their Plant Science programs.
Rich Archer, (Agronomy Marketing Manager for Prairieland FS, Inc.) who served on the judging panel stated, "We had a wide variety of applications, all very well presented and with great ideas and need of the funding. I can’t wait to see how this program develops in the future."
Prairieland FS, Inc. is a full service agricultural and energy supplier is dedicated to providing high-quality products and services for the profitability of their customers.