FFA chapters in seven states on Monday begin efforts to make new and stronger connections with their local farmers and earn their share of more than $225,000 in incentives provided by Monsanto. The 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge encourages members of FFA chapters in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia and Alabama to reach out to their community's farmers, learn about their operations, engage them and bond them with FFA.
The top 125 FFA chapters that make the most connections with farmers will receive a $1,500 certificate of credit from the National FFA Organization. Chapters can use the credit to buy FFA member jackets, merchandise, awards, banquet supplies and more. Chapters can also use the funds to pay member costs associated with attending the organization's largest annual events, the Washington Leadership Conference and national FFA convention. The top chapter will be awarded a grand prize – an all-expenses-paid trip for six FFA members and one adult advisor to October's National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
A requirement is that confirmation of each participating chapter's connection with local farmers must be registered by farmers online at www.FFAChapterChallenge.com or by calling the National FFA Organization at 800-293-2387. The deadline for farmers to confirm connections is May 1. FFA chapter winners will be announced by May 15.