Dupree elevator partners with FFA
Submitted by SD FFA Foundation
A new fundraising campaign by the SD FFA Foundation launches this week at participating Northern Plains CHS Service Centers and North Central Farmers Elevators, including the one in Dupree.
Donations of grain or cash can be made to support the agriculture program for area youth, since no state educational funding provides for agriculture education or FFA.
“I believe in the future of agriculture and this program ensures FFA will be here for future generations. This is an easy way for us, as farmers, to donate and make a direct impact on our local schools. It only takes a few bushels to make a big difference to an FFA chapter. I hope that by giving to these chapters we will be leading by example, showing the members how much local farmers care about the future of agriculture – the FFA students!” said Redfield, SD, area farmer, JP Heber.
Heber adds, “In agriculture we take care of each other and that is exactly what this program allows us to do. We are directly affecting the organization that is growing the future agriculturists necessary for our industry to not only survive but thrive. The agricultural skills FFA teaches is what feeds, clothes, and shelters the world. The skills taught are not that common anymore. Everyone wants to be doctors, lawyers, computer technicians, or CEO’s, which are needed, but look around – the trades FFA offers like welding, building trades, farming, mechanic, and ranching are in high demand. This is a simple thing we as farmers can do to help ensure today’s FFA members are linking the raw commodity to what keeps the communities and schools rolling.”
Grain and funds will be collected at Northern Plains CHS Service Center locations in: Dupree, Eureka, Faulkton, Gettysburg, Isabel, Selby, Ashley, and Strasburg and North Central Farmers Elevators in: Bowdle, Craven, Ipswich, Faulkton, Hague, Herreid, Highmore, Java, Lebanon, Leola, Miller, Northville, Onaka, Pollock, Redfield, Strasburg, Warner and Wecota.
The funds raised from the I Believe in the Future of Agriculture campaign will be split between the local chapters (in Gackle, Napoleon, Wishek, Gettysburg, Hoven, Faulkton, Bowdle, Selby, Eagle Butte, Lemmon, Bison, Newell, Hitchcock-Tulare, Highmore, Miller, Groton, Redfield, Wolsey-Wessington, and Wessington Springs) and their respective South Dakota or North Dakota FFA Foundation.