BROWN COUNTY – Using checkoff funds, Brown County corn and soybean growers made a monetary donation to the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter to provide biodiesel used to transport students to the National FFA Convention & Expo.
The National Convention & Expo took place in Indianapolis from October 26th to 29th. To compete nationally, students had to qualify at local events. At the Convention & Expo, students participated in competitions, volunteered during National Days of Service, and attended other sessions to expand their skills.
“We made this donation to the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter to give them the opportunity to compete nationally, which is a big deal for these students.” Brown County Treasurer Gary Hauser said. “Travelling to the Nationals for the FFA is an experience they will never forget. The board is excited to give back to our communities and serve the students.”
There are team and individual events that FFA members can attend. Some of the categories are Food Science, Farm Sales, Forestry, Livestock Assessment and many more.
One of the members of the Sleepy Eye chapter finished in the top four in the nation as a national finalist in the landscape management category. Other National FFA Convention highlights for the Sleepy Eye Chapter included the National Poultry Team finishing 12th in the nation and Individuals finishing 10th and 11th and the National Quiz Bowl team finishing the ranked eighth in the nation.
At the national conference, the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter also had six members named as recipients of an American FFA degree. This is the highest award that can be given to an FFA member. Only two percent of all FFA members receive this prestigious award.
FFA is an organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership hosted by public schools. It allows students to take on challenges and develop skills while exploring their interests.
Members are prospective chemists, veterinarians, bankers, teachers and professionals in many professional fields. Not only does the FFA prepare students for their future, but students can apply for scholarships and grants through the organization to further their education.
“We are proud to support an organization that encourages and empowers students to prepare for their future,” Brown County Chairman Keith Lendt said. “FFA is a strong organization that has long supported and will continue to support Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers for this very reason.”
Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers donated funds specifically for biodiesel to support the chapter, but also to encourage the use of Minnesota soybeans.
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is the nation’s leader when it comes to biodiesel. Minnesota was the first state to mandate biodiesel in diesel blends, and in 2018 Minnesota became the first state to mandate B20. The use of B20 is equivalent to removing approximately 201,000 vehicles annually from roads across the state. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is also investing check money in biodiesel information resources.