Nebraska FFA Chapters have began collecting funds for the “I Believe in the Future of Ag” campaign. Every chapter in Nebraska is eligible to raise funds to be sent into the Nebraska FFA Foundation to be apart of the campaign. Last year, 74 chapters across the state raised over $301,000! 40 of those chapters raised over $1,000. The chapters that take part in the “I Believe” program to receive 100 percent of their local donations back and a portion of the $35,000 matching pot. 23 corporate partners are participating in the “I Believe in the Future of Ag” campaign to provide these funds to FFA chapters all over Nebraska. A great example of this campaign is the Stuart FFA Chapter.
The Stuart FFA Chapter is halfway to their fundraising goal of building a greenhouse thanks to their donors and the “I Believe in the Future of Ag” campaign. By 2019 they hope to have constructed a greenhouse to provide Supervised Agricultural Experience opportunities to their FFA members. The food they grow will be produced to supply school lunches with fresh foods or donated to their local nursing home and food pantry. Other funds they raise go towards state and national convention fees and travel expenses for their 40 members. 100 percent of their high school is a part of the agricultural education program. The school sends out a monthly newsletter to parents, businesses and patrons in the district that includes information about what the chapter is currently working on or accomplishing. The newsletter is also a way to promote the “I Believe in the Future of Ag” campaign at their school.
Many other FFA chapters across Nebraska are doing projects or activities like Stuart with their funds they earn. If you would like to donate to the “I Believe in the Future of Ag” campaign contact your local FFA chapter or click here.