BROWN COUNTY – Using settlement funds, the 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 was held in Indianapolis from October 26-29. To compete at the national level, students had to qualify at local events. At the Convention & Expo, students competed in competitions, volunteered during National Service Days, and attended other sessions to broaden their skills.
“We made this donation to the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter to give them the opportunity to compete at the national level, which is a big deal for these students,” Brown County Treasurer Gary Hauser said. “Traveling to Nationals for FFA is an experience they will never forget. The board is happy to give back to our communities and help the students.”
There are team and individual events that FFA members can participate in. Some of the categories are food science, agricultural sales, forestry, livestock assessment, and many more.
One of the members of the Sleepy Eye Chapter finished in the top four in the country as a national skills finalist in the landscape management category. Other National FFA Convention for the Sleepy Eye Chapter highlights included the National Poultry Team placing 12th in the nation and individuals placing 10th and 11th and the National Quiz Bowl team placing eighth in the nation.
At the National Conference, the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter also had six members named as American FFA degree recipients. This is the highest award an FFA member can receive. Only two percent of all FFA members receive this prestigious award.
FFA is an organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership organized by public schools. It allows students to take on challenges and develop skills while exploring their interests.
Members are future chemists, veterinarians, bankers, teachers and professionals in many career fields. Not only does FFA prepare students for their future, but through the organization, students can apply for scholarships and grants to further their education.
“We are proud to support an organization that encourages students to prepare for their future and gives them the opportunity to do so.” Brown County Chairman Keith Lendt said. “FFA is a strong organization that has long supported Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers and will continue to support it for exactly this reason.”
The Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers specifically donated money for biodiesel to support the department, but also to promote the use of Minnesota soybeans.
The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is a leader in the nation when it comes to biodiesel. Minnesota was the first state to require biodiesel in diesel blends, and in 2018, Minnesota became the first state to require B20. Using B20 is equivalent to removing approximately 201,000 vehicles from the state’s roads each year. The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council also invests settlement funds in resources for biodiesel information.