"Monsanto is proud to be a partner with the National FFA and help these local chapters generate new and stronger relationships with their area farmers," said John Raines, vice president of Monsanto customer advocacy. "We would like to congratulate Sweet Springs FFA on their accomplishment and for opening dialogue with the farming community that billions depend on everyday."
Eighty-two FFA chapters across Missouri were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge Grand Prize, which was made possible through National FFA and Monsanto. The chapter that received the most votes won a trip to this year's National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 19-22, for six students and one adviser. The trip is valued at $6,500.
"The FFA Chapter Challenge is a good program because it gives us an opportunity to visit with the community to understand what we're doing and know we understand what they're doing," said Brent Niemeyer, Sweet Springs FFA adviser. "It's a great reward for our chapter to get this money to help offset things in our budget. It's great to spread around the community."
Marshall's advisors also commented on the award.
"I think this was a great program to build additional community relations as well as giving chapters a chance to win a great prize for it," said Jason Price, Marshall FFA adviser.
"Any financial support that can be found outside the school district is always a bonus."
To see a full list of 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit ffachapterchalllenge.com.