For more than 72 years, John Deere has worked hand in hand with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture and agricultural education. Through their generous donations, John Deere has worked with FFA to provide FFA members the opportunity to grow into leaders, build their communities and strengthen agriculture.
2016 will be no exception. John Deere has pledged to donate one million dollars annually over the next five years to help FFA continue its strides in creating future leaders.
Education is one of John Deere Corporate Citizenship’s primary focus areas.This effort to inspire youth to achieve their greatest potential aligns well with the FFA mission of making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
"John Deere has been a deeply loyal and generous partner of FFA for many years," said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation President. "The announcement of this continued commitment with this multi-year gift speaks volumes to their dedication to the future of agriculture and FFA. Through gifts like this, we are able to continue to pursue our mission and strengthen the future leaders of agriculture and agricultural education."
At the local, state and national level, FFA brings their mission to life for student members. Members gain experience in the areas of agricultural literacy and advocacy, agricultural knowledge, career exploration, leadership development, food security, and service engagement.
Deere's support through the years has allowed FFA to deliver its mission to millions of members. Their gifts have supported the National FFA Organization's Career Development events, Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards, Agriscience Fair, and leadership conferences for state officers. Deere is also a key supporter of the National Association of Agricultural Educators, as well as the FFA scholarship program, in conjunction with John Deere dealers.
In addition to monetary support, Deere employees have an active FFA Alumni Chapter. Since 1947, five John Deere representatives have served in the role of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors' Board Chair, including Cory Reed, senior vice president, Intelligent Solutions Group, who headed the group last year.
“John Deere is privileged to partner with such an esteemed and valuable organization as FFA”, said Amy Allen, Manager, National Corporate Contributions. “We look forward to continuing our partnership and shared commitment to tomorrow’s Ag leaders.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Source : John Deere