By: Sarah Mullen, Program Coordinator, Nebraska FFA Foundation
One thing I love about my job is having conversations with ag teachers about their wants, needs and dreams. Whether it’s building an animal lab, sending students to leadership conferences or helping out in their local community, your local FFA members and advisors have great goals for the future.
Because many of these conversations are around I Believe in the Future of Ag local fundraising, I wanted to take a minute to look back at what kind of impact you’ve had at the local level through this campaign. Here are just a few FFA chapters and what they’ve been able to accomplish with your support.
The Norris FFA chapter has used their funds to support members as they attend the Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conference and NPower Leadership Conference over the summer. Additional money was used to support college scholarships for graduating FFA members.
The Stuart FFA chapter has used dollars raised for equipment to implement Curriculum in Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in the classroom. They’ve got future goals of building a greenhouse and animal lab to enhance hands-on learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) opportunities for students.
The Southern Valley FFA chapter has put their donations towards a new greenhouse. The greenhouse is currently being constructed and will enhance agricultural classes by growing plants and raising fish. They’ve also purchased food and will be packaging meals for Kids Against Hunger to send to the Philippines on Monday.
The Bloomfield FFA chapter used local support of the I Believe in the Future of Ag program to help students attend the Washington Leadership Conference last summer.
These FFA chapters and many others across the state are doing some very unique and important projects with your support. Please continue to support them through the I Believe in the Future of Ag campaign. 100% of your donation is given to the chapter of your choice and tax-deductible. Because of many generous corporate sponsors, participating chapters also receive a portion of $24,000 in matching funds.
Is your local FFA chapter using the I Believe in the Future of Ag campaign for a particular project? Leave me a note in the comments below. I’d love to feature them in another blog post or newsletter.
As always, thanks again for your support. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.