FFA chapters across the country connect with farmers and advocate for agriculture. Grundy Center High School FFA chapter members not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods but also earned $750 for their FFA program by participating in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge.
"Chapter Challenge has been a rewarding experience for our members," said Grundy Center High School FFA Advisor, Amber Grieman. "It gave the students an opportunity to connect with community members and discuss agriculture. The credit will be used to fund supplies for our chapter."
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 livelihood. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. The Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge encouraged chapters 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. The Grundy Center High School FFA chapter participated in the Voting Challenge.
"Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation," said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. "Together we are helping local FFA chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities."
Across the country, more than 300 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 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. The Grundy Center High School FFA chapter received $750 in credit for placing fifth in the Voting Challenge in Iowa.