Farmers support FFA
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 11:44 am
Members of Obion County Central High School’s FFA chapter recently made good use of the leadership skills its organization is known for by making connections with area farmers, which in turn helped them be voted a top Tennessee chapter in the second annual FFA Chapter Challenge.
FFA members in 12 states took this opportunity to build better relationships with area farmers. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. OC’s FFA chapter is one of the 10 Tennessee chapters with the highest number of farmer votes.
“The mission of FFA goes beyond farming but its heart will always be in creating new generations of leaders who understand agriculture and small communities,” said Linda Arnold, Monsanto customer outreach lead. “Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation to help local chapters create that bond with the people who grow our food and build our communities.”
Across Tennessee, FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize. The chapter that received the most votes won a trip to this year’s FFA convention in Indianapolis, for six students and one advisor.
The top FFA chapter in each of the 12 states received a $2,500 certificate of credit as first prize, while those ranked second through 10th received between $1,000 and $2,000. Eighty other FFA chapters who didn’t make the top 10 in their respective state also received a $1,000 credit. In total, 201 FFA chapters received certificates of credit which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more.
To see a full list of 2012 winners, visit http://www.ffachapterchalllenge.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.08.12