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FFA - Syngenta Partnership: Almost a Half-Century and Still Going Strong

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization with 507,763 student members, each preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA has 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The mission of FFA is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

The long-time partnership between Syngenta and FFA provides excellent benefits to both organizations. Tomorrow's food, agricultural and environmental leaders will require the skills that this partnership fosters. The partnership has grown over the past 47 years and shows the longstanding commitment Syngenta has to FFA.

Syngenta supports the following FFA programs:

FFA Chapter Leadership Continuum
The National FFA Organization's premier leadership conference series is designed to give students the tools they need to develop premier leadership, personal growth and career success. The series begins with Experiencing Discovery, Growth and Excellence (EDGE), followed by Made For Excellence (MFE) and Advanced Leadership Development (ALD). Annually, more than 5,400 FFA members attend these weekend conferences across the U.S.

American FFA Degree
The American FFA Degree is the highest level of membership in the organization and is awarded to only about one-half of one percent of the total national membership. Recipients are recognized at the national FFA convention and at a reception in their honor. Requirements for this degree include a record of outstanding leadership abilities, community involvement, and growth in their work or research-based project (Supervised Agricultural Experience).

Environmental and Natural Resources Student Experience

The Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE) tests students' skills in global environmental issues, wildlife identification, water analysis, soil nutrient testing, GPS, environmental analysis, soil profiling, waste management, air quality and ecosystems. Syngenta sponsors the post-event experience, which allows the top three teams from the Environmental and Natural Resources CDE to attend the Washington Leadership Conference, where students learn character development, relationship-building, taking action to solve problems, global service and civic engagement through servant leadership. As a part of this experience, the teams also spend time with Syngenta employees and visit the Smithsonian exhibit Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.

Fiber and Oil Crop Proficiency Award
The National FFA Proficiency Awards program recognizes outstanding internship or entrepreneurial performance by students in their Supervised Agricultural Experience program (SAE) – where students learn by doing. Fiber and Oil Crop Production represents the market segment of crop production for fabric and oil within the U.S. agriculture industry. Students in the fiber and oil crop production proficiency area must demonstrate that they are using the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market crops for fiber and/or oil; such as cotton, sisal, hemp, soybeans, flax, mustard, canola, castor beans, sunflower, peanuts, dill, spearmint and safflower. In their supervised work experience, students will participate in hands-on activities including planting, tending, harvesting and marketing these crops in an entrepreneurial or work placement environment.

Collegiate Agricultural Ambassadors Program
The objective of this program is for FFA college students to increase public understanding of the food, agriculture and natural resources industries, show the importance of agriculture and agribusiness, and open people's eyes to the wide variety of scientific, economic and mechanical resources necessary to produce safe, quality food. There are 20 ambassadors who annually present to more than 10,000 grade school, high school and college students as well as community leaders during their year of service.

Consortium of Collegiate Ag Organizations
The Consortium of Collegiate Agriculture Organizations consists of 16 organizations that equip and develop the future leaders of the agriculture industry at the college level. The consortium maximizes collaboration of collegiate agricultural organizations and industry partners to enhance the personal, organizational, career and community education of future leaders. The member organizations that make up the Consortium are Agriculture Future of America (AFA), Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR), Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity (AGS), Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA), Alpha Zeta, Block and Bridle, Collegiate 4-H, Collegiate FFA, Farm House Fraternity, Minorities in Agriculture-Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association (NAADA), Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS), Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and Sigma Alpha Sorority.

FFA Blue Jacket Program
In partnership with Syngenta retailers, Syngenta has taken a lead role with the FFA Blue Jacket program. Syngenta retailers who support the FFA Blue Jacket program provide resources for FFA to continue developing the best and brightest future leaders. They also receive a connection to a local chapter of their choice with an FFA jacket awarded to a student in the name of the retailer. Syngenta stands with its retailers to provide matching dollars to support a variety of essential leadership and student development programs and awards.

X-Stream Care Project
At the state level, Syngenta and the North Carolina FFA Foundation (www.ncffa.org) have completed a pilot project called "X-Stream Care," an environmental education/stewardship program that allowed students to select and monitor streams needing environmental improvement and work with landowners and others in the community. The students learned how to take a watershed inventory; use stream monitoring techniques; identify common, rare and invasive plant species in the watershed and determine their value or potential harm to the site; evaluate the land management practices adjoining the stream; and suggest modifications that could improve both the land and the stream. Support was also provided by USDA Cooperative Extension and the Departments of Botany and Biological & Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University.


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