Syngenta and Its Ag Retailers Support FFA
“Since 2008, we’ve matched every $2,500 pledged by retailers to benefit the program,” says Michael Boden, head of crop protection sales at Syngenta. “As a result, the Syngenta Blue Jacket Program alone has generated more than $6.5 million in contributions to local FFA chapters.”
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“The blue jacket is more than a piece of clothing,” says Shea Booster, western region vice president of the National FFA Organization. “It’s the thread that ties our organization and our members together.”
The effects of the Syngenta Blue Jacket Program are deep and long-lasting. “FFA members are the future of our industry, and it’s in our best interest to provide support and help them pursue their dreams and aspirations,” says Marshall Dolch, district marketing lead of the West Heartland region at Syngenta. “We work alongside a number of retail accounts throughout West Heartland with this initiative and are always striving to increase the number of participants each year.”
Aurora Cooperative, based in Aurora, Nebraska, is one of those retail partners. It has more than 80 locations serving farm owners in several states and has participated in the Syngenta Blue Jacket Program for eight years, supporting about 40 chapters.
“FFA prepared me for college and life. It helped to make me who I am today.”
“The program is a good way to participate in our local communities and schools,” says Kevin Sagehorn, the cooperative’s head of marketing.
Aurora Cooperative also donates $50,000 annually to local and state FFA programs, including the I Believe in the Future of Ag campaign. FFA uses the funds for various activities, such as helping to defray some of the costs of state FFA conventions, leadership programs, livestock shows and more.
Once FFA members themselves, Dolch and Sagehorn appreciate the support from Syngenta and its retailer partners.
“As a student, I always knew that Syngenta supported and cared about FFA,” says Dolch, who was an officer in the Iowa FFA in 2012 and 2013.
Sagehorn was president of the Nebraska FFA in 1995 and 1996. “FFA prepared me for college and life,” he says. “It helped to make me who I am today.”
To these men and the many thousands of other FFA members, continuing support means the world.
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