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June 03, 2004   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
June 03, 2004

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby presents State FFA Advisor Troy Newton and the 2003-2004 state FFA officers with a $75,000 donation to the Alabama FFA Foundation. From left are, State FFA Reporter Alex Popwell of Marbury, Treasurer Joanna Stewart of Woodland, President Brittany Beasley of Gaston, Newby, Newton, Vice President Whitney Griffin of Lineville, Secretary Hannah Beam of Geraldine and Sentinel Ashleigh Butts of Leroy.
AUBURN, Ala.-- The Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance are helping Alabama FFA celebrate 75 years of providing educational and leadership development opportunities for high school students with a $75,000 contribution to the Alabama FFA Foundation.

Federation President Jerry Newby said the donation will be invested by the Foundation, and the interest from that investment will help fund career development events and awards programs for Alabama's FFA members.

"The Farmers Federation and Alfa are perennial sponsors of FFA programs and events, but we wanted to do something special to recognize the diamond anniversary of FFA in Alabama," Newby said. "By investing this $75,000, our donation will continue to pay dividends far into the future, much like the investment FFA teachers and advisors make in developing our state's future leaders."

Newby presented the donation June 2 at the 75th annual Alabama FFA State Convention in Auburn. During the four-day event, FFA members from throughout Alabama tested their skills in competitive areas ranging from agricultural mechanics to public speaking. The top winners in each category will be eligible to participate at the national FFA convention in Louisville, Ky., in October.

State FFA Advisor Troy Newton praised Alfa and the Alabama Farmers Federation for their continued support of FFA in Alabama.

"The Alabama Farmers Federation for many years has been a major supporter, financially and in many other ways," Newton said. "Its commitment to agriculture and to our agriscience and FFA programs has been tremendous. We certainly appreciate this long-term relationship with the Federation."

FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is a national non-profit organization with more than 450,000 high school, college and professional members. The Alabama FFA Association was established in 1929.

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