FFA chapters across the nation are celebrating National FFA Week this week. The future generations of ag are being raised across all of our rural and urban communities. Organizations like the FFA instill knowledge in the farmers, scientists, tech, operations, and business professionals of tomorrow and work to make ag a viable career path for years to come. Landus is proud to distribute annual Core Grants to FFA chapters and we continue to show support for putting kids in positions of leadership and future success.
As an organization that works in all aspects of ag, FFA provides students with an opportunity to expand their skills and sharpen their experiences in leadership roles. Many Landus team members have graduated through this program themselves and serve in leadership roles in their communities — some even serve in their local FFA chapter.
Throughout the year, Landus locations engage FFA chapters in learning opportunities. For example, the Farnhamville location hosted Newell-Fonda students recently for FFAs “We Term” program. This program allows students to visit industry locations and learn about careers in their areas of interest.
Jay Sturtz, Landus Boone Hub Lead, is active with the Boone FFA chapter. The Boone Hub will be providing ten judges for an upcoming FFA North Central District competitions held March 4.
“This is a great way for Landus to support our future ag professionals and farmers,” he said. “By giving back our time, we’re helping ensure ag has a bright future.”
Last year, Landus provided grants to 27 Iowa FFA chapters totaling more than $20,000. FFA groups may use the grants toward expenses like helping to pay for new jackets or to fund the trips to the National FFA convention, or the National FFA Leadership conference. Many chapters use the funds for various projects to help enhance their school with new materials or to support community service activities or fundraisers. There have been several greenhouses built with the funds given, as well.
Landus is committed to supporting projects to enhance the youth leadership development of Iowa’s next generation of farmers and agribusiness professionals. Congratulations to all Iowa FFA organizations as they celebrate National FFA Week!