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February 13, 2012   Email to Friend 

Geoffrey Miller, National FFA Organization
(317) 802-4217
February 13, 2012

Alabama is one of 12 states eligible to compete in the 2012 FFA Chapter Challenge, which helps motivate FFA chapter members to connect with local farmers and find local support for their chapter's agriculture education endeavors. The FFA Chapter Challenge is available to more than 236,000 FFA members.

Last month, members in participating states began visiting and building relationships with farmers in their communities to learn about the farmer's way of life. After the meeting, FFA members ask the farmer to vote for their chapter to increase their chance to win part of $300,000 in incentives. Other eligible states include Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.

The top 200 FFA chapters that make the most connections and receive the most farmer votes by Feb. 29 will be awarded a line of credit ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 from the National FFA Organization. The challenge is sponsored by Monsanto.

"As a company whose only business is agriculture, we are committed to educational programs like FFA Chapter Challenge that generate excitement in learning about farming," said Linda Arnold, customer advocacy lead for Monsanto. "We encourage FFA members to reach out to farmers in their communities and learn more about their livelihood."

Chapters can earn monetary credit which can be used throughout the year to buy FFA jackets and merchandise, obtain banquet supplies and send members to events like the Washington Leadership Conference or the National FFA Convention. Awards will go to the top 10 chapters in each of the 12 eligible states, plus 80 at-large chapters.

The chapter that makes the most connections and receives the most farmer votes of any participating FFA chapter will win the grand prize -- an all-expense-paid trip for six students and an advisor to attend the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October, plus a $2,500 FFA certificate of credit.

"Relationships are central to growing a career in any field, let alone agriculture," said National FFA Foundation Executive Director Rob Cooper. "We love how this program emphasizes that while also supporting FFA chapters who work the hardest."

Winners will be announced March 9. For more information including videos, news releases and more visit FFAChapterChallenge.com.

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