Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter too second place in the Portfolio challenge at the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge in St. Louis, Mo.
Tennessee FFA members made connections with area farmers and advocated on behalf of agriculture. The members not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods, but the top seven chapters in the state also earned a total of $10,500 for their FFA programs.
“The Chapter Challenge program has helped us with the community outreach goals for our Agriculture Education program,” said Rebecca Farrow, Siegel High School FFA advisor. “By connecting with local farmers and agriculturalists, we are able to better determine the needs of our community and adjust our total agriculture education program to meet the needs of our area.”
New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihoods. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. With the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge, chapters were encouraged to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned by using social media and by creating a video.
“Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. “Together we are helping local chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities.”
Across the country, FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500, which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more.
Top chapters in Tennessee:
o Grand Prize – Siegel FFA Chapter
o First place – Clarkrange FFA Chapter
o Second place – Mt. Juliet FFA Chapter
o First place – David Crockett FFA Chapter
o Second place – Ben W Hooper FFA Chapter
To see a full list of 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit http://www.ffachapterchalllenge.com.
About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation 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 agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.