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Syngenta recognized for its commitment to the future of agriculture at the 96th National FFA Organization Convention & Expo

  • David Hollinrake awarded VIP Citation
  • Alumni and Supporters chapter selected as outstanding corporate chapter of the year
  • Sabrina Patton and Brandon Bell received Honorary American FFA Degrees

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., USA, Nov. 10, 2023 ― Syngenta is proud to announce it received multiple awards during the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 1-4. David Hollinrake, global head of strategy & portfolio management at Syngenta Seeds, was awarded a VIP Citation. The Syngenta FFA Alumni & Supporters Business Resource Group chapter was selected as the outstanding corporate chapter of the year and two Syngenta employees were recognized with Honorary American FFA Degrees. These awards are a reflection of Syngenta’s ongoing commitment to support the future of American agriculture.

Photo of Vern Hawkins and Dawn Dietz accepting award
Vern Hawkins, president of Syngenta Crop Protection, and Dawn Dietz, president of the Syngenta FFA Alumni & Supporters Group, accepting award.

The VIP Citation recognizes individuals’ significant contributions to FFA and agricultural education and honors those who have dedicated 20 years of service to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation.

“Throughout his career, David has brought unwavering dedication, passion, commitment and talent to his many roles,” said Justin Wolfe, president of Syngenta Seeds. “This well-deserved award is a testament to all of his hard work, leadership and contributions to the FFA and broader agricultural industry.”

Having served as a local FFA chapter president, Hollinrake knows firsthand the positive impact FFA has on future leaders. “I’m honored to be recognized by FFA, an organization with a lofty vision of creating the next generation of leaders who will change the world through an immersive experience in agricultural education and leadership development programming,” said Hollinrake. “I accredit the organization for my own personal growth. FFA helped me develop the foundational skills that have enabled me to have the career I have today, and I am proud to be connected with the next generation of leaders.”

The Syngenta Alumni & Supporters Business Resource Group chapter was recognized for topping the list for Give FFA Day, which took place this year on Feb. 23 during National FFA Week. Give FFA Day is an opportunity for individuals and companies to support the organization and agricultural education through donations. In just 24 hours, Syngenta employees and corporate partners collectively donated more than $100,000, a 75% increase from 2022. The funds raised support the more than 850,000 FFA members through various programs at the local, state and national levels.

In addition, Patent Scientist Sabrina Patton and People & Organization Development Lead Brandon Bell received Honorary American FFA Degrees. These awards recognize individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education or FFA.

“Syngenta is proud to support FFA and has been doing so since 1963,” said Hollinrake. “FFA’s dedication to creating future leaders in agriculture is so important to us at Syngenta. These future leaders are key to helping achieve our mission of supporting American farmers through continued product and technological innovation.”

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 945,000 student members as part of 9,163 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission 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. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at and on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. A separately registered nonprofit organization, the foundation is governed by a board of trustees that includes the national FFA president, educators, business leaders and individual donors. For more, visit

About Syngenta
Syngenta Crop Protection and Syngenta Seeds are part of Syngenta Group, one of the world’s leading agricultural companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world- class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources.

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