John Deere is donating $1 million in 2021 in support of FFA
For 77 years, John Deere has worked side by side with the National FFA Organization to encourage the next generation of leaders and strengthen the agriculture industry. While the year 2020 has come with many challenges, John Deere’s commitment to FFA and agricultural education is stronger than ever.
Since John Deere’s initial contribution of $1,000 in 1943, it has donated more than $16 million to the National FFA Foundation. John Deere was also one of the first corporate sponsors to form an FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter. Today, employees from John Deere facilities across the U.S. volunteer to coach, mentor and train FFA chapters.
“At John Deere, we believe FFA is as important to the future of agriculture as any cutting-edge machine, technology or service that we will deliver,” said Aaron Wetzel, John Deere’s vice president, production systems, and member of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board. “To sustain and grow agriculture in the U.S. and around the world, we must invest deeply in the agricultural teachers of today as well as the students they inspire to become the agricultural visionaries of tomorrow. Through John Deere’s support of FFA, we do both.”
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.