National FFA officers accept CF Industries’ $600,000 donation to support excellence in farmer education and fertilizer best management practices. From left to right: Jackson Harris, National FFA Southern Region Vice President, University of Alabama; Wes Davis, National FFA Eastern Region Vice President, Purdue University; Steven Brockshus, National FFA Central Region Vice President, Iowa State University; Mitch Baker, National FFA Secretary, University of Tennessee; Brian Walsh, National FFA President, Virginia Tech; and Jason Wetzler, National FFA Western Region Vice President, Oklahoma State University. (Photo: Jack Conroy)
CF Industries generated the carbon credits by voluntarily implementing nitrous oxide abatement technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company began implementing the abatement technologies in 2008.
“Our products help farmers feed the world and this unique transaction will benefit a great organization teaching the next generation of farmers how to succeed,” said Tony Will, CF Industries’ president and chief executive officer. “This is a first-of-its-kind undertaking for our industry, and we are pleased to partner with Chevrolet in support of America’s future farmers.”
CF Industries supports educational programs that promote fertilizer best management practices, including the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program, to teach farmers how to apply the right fertilizers at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. The fertilizer industry is an important part of modern agriculture, helping farmers to achieve the high-yield harvests essential to our growing global population.
FFA’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. W. Dwight Armstrong said, “CF Industries believes in the science-based curriculum and experience model of FFA and agricultural education. We are thrilled they are building on their history of support for FFA by using these carbon credits to help the next generation of agricultural leaders.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
“Beyond building fuel-efficient vehicles and reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing facilities, Chevrolet seeks to support innovative, carbon-reducing projects that people around the U.S. are implementing,” said David Tulauskas, GM sustainability director. “CF Industries is a great example. The company is working not only to reduce the environmental impact of the fertilizer manufacturing process, but to strengthen the next generation of farmers with the latest knowledge about responsible agricultural practices.”
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
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. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.