Last week, President Donald Trump spoke to attendees at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting.
In his speech, he mentioned youth in agriculture, saying, “We see the promise of tomorrow in the incredible young farmers who have joined us today — students who are achieving incredible things through amazing organizations like FFA and 4-H. Great people. Great people. Thank you. Great people. It’s the future of our country. That’s the future of our country. Great young people. Their devotion to our nation inspires us all. Really does.”
It’s always great to see support for youth in agriculture, and with National FFA Week quickly approaching (Feb. 17-24), there is an opportunity for those of us in the industry to show our support, as well.
For the third year, Tractor Supply Company (TSC) has launched its Grants for Growing program. Designed to impact local communities, TSC retail stores and local FFA chapters partner together to raise funds through the sale of paper FFA emblems. For every sale, $1 or more will be collected at checkout.
FFA members are encouraged to work with local TSC stores to promote FFA and participate in additional fundraising opportunities in the weeks leading up to National FFA Week. For example, members can greet customers, host a bake sale, wash cars, organize a petting zoo or set up a promotional booth to talk about FFA and agriculture with community members.
The money raised through TSC stores is then rewarded to competing chapters who submit an application that outlines school agricultural projects that boost current agricultural educational programs or build new ones. Grants range from $500 to $5,000.
TSC recently launched the 2018 program and members are encouraged to volunteer at local stores to help drive sales of the paper emblems during the fundraising period scheduled for Feb. 16-25.. The next time you shop, you may notice a few students in FFA corduroy jackets at your favorite TSC stop.
Since 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization. TSC has funded 692 grants that involve 69,134 students.
To learn more about the program, click here. The application deadline is Feb. 14. Good luck to competing FFA chapters and thanks to everyone who chooses to donate to this program when shopping at TSC in February.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.