Crop protection company Valent has expanded its partnership with the National FFA Foundation. This company news release says it’s moved up to 5-star status with the FFA group that builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education.
As part of this expanded relationship, Valent will now serve as sponsor of two FFA Agriculture Proficiency Awards. Those awards include the “Grain Production – Entrepreneurship” award, which honors the student who has excelled in effectively and efficiently incorporating the best management practices to produce and market grain crops in their own operation, and the “Nursery Operations – Entrepreneurship/Placement” award, which honors the student who has excelled in their own business or business placement focused on turf, ornamental plants, shrubs and/or tree production for the purpose of transplanting or propagation.
Valent will also provide funding to support the creation of an agriculture stewardship and advocacy platform designed to educate FFA’s membership on science-based facts and agriculture’s global role. “Over the years, we’ve been impressed with the quality and enthusiasm of upcoming young talent in FFA and their dedication to agriculture,” said Matt Plitt, Valent executive vice president and COO. “Our expanded sponsorship around advocacy and education will encourage dialogue with students regarding the critical issues facing our industry today, such as the products and techniques used by growers and the role they play in producing the crops that feed and clothe our world.”
Valent will also donate 100 student jackets to the FFA’s “Give the Gift of Blue” to ensure that more students are able to have jackets that represent FFA.
“Valent’s commitment to the FFA vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture is evidenced by the generous investment made to The National FFA Foundation,” said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation president. “Through our partnership, FFA members will be able to wear the Blue Jacket, participate in proficiency awards and focus on agricultural literacy and advocacy.”