Members of Fort Bend County’s Needville FFA recently made good use of the leadership skills gained through agricultural education. By making connections with 371 area famers, the chapter earned enough votes to place second in Texas and earned $2,000 in the second annual FFA Chapter Challenge.
“Twenty years ago, the majority of our students lived on a farm. They grew up learning that way of life,” said George Krejci, FFA advisor. “Today only a small percentage of our students live on a farm. It is important that they go out into the community and meet with farmers face to face. This helps them become familiar with farming traditions and values.”
FFA members in 12 states went out into their communities to build relationships with local farmers and gained votes for Chapter Challenge, sponsored by Monsanto and National FFA. Thanks to local farmers, members of the Needville FFA gained a deeper appreciation for agriculture and earned funds that will enhance member’s classroom experience.
“The mission of FFA goes beyond farming, but its heart will always be in creating new generations of leaders who understand agriculture and small communities,” said Linda Arnold, Monsanto customer advocacy lead. “Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation to help local chapters create that bond with the people who grow our food and build our communities.”
In total, more than $200,000 was awarded to 201 FFA chapters. Winners received certificates of credit that can be used for items such as new FFA blue jackets or convention fees. Across Texas, FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge Grand Prize, which went to the Lawrence County High School FFA Chapter in Moulton, Ala. This chapter received 1,110 votes and won a trip to this year’s 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.