John Deere has been partnering with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture for more than 72 years. 2016 will continue the tradition of providing opportunities for members of the FFA to grow into leaders who can strengthen their communities as well as agriculture. John Deere has pledged one million dollars annually for the next five years to continue to build the FFA program.
“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.”
John Deere’s Corporate Citizen’s program focuses on education, making them an ideal partner for an organization that offers members the chance to learn about agricultural literacy, advocacy, agriculture 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.”