‘I believe in the Future of Agriculture’ campaign raises $11,056 for FFA

Farm Forum

GETTYSBURG — Industry is stepping up and taking action to build future agricultural employees, farmers, ranchers and leaders by ensuring funding for FFA programs. Elevators across S.D. worked with the S.D. FFA Foundation to launch the I Believe in the Future of Agriculture, raising $11,056 for FFA programs. “The I Believe in the Future of Agriculture campaign allows for a unique way to support local FFA chapters, and FFA across the state of South Dakota.” Sandy Osterday, South Dakota FFA Foundation Board President says. “Resources collected will have a direct impact on our number one priority — young people in agriculture.”

Agriculture producers, FFA supporters and alumni turned their words into deeds by donating grain & funds to local FFA chapters and the S.D. FFA Foundation. The funds raised from the I Believe in the Future of Agriculture campaign will be split equally between the 25 local chapters designated by the donors and the South Dakota Foundation. At the local level, the funds will support FFA chapter leadership programming, community service activities and other innovative projects that promote agriculture. State level funds will support statewide programs, grow the capacity of FFA chapters — both current and potential new chapters — and ensure leadership for the organization into the future.

Participating elevators include ADM Benson Quinn of Hitchcock Tulare, Ag First Farmers Cooperative — Aurora, Cargill — Parker & Emery, Central Farmers Cooperatives, CHS Midwest Cooperatives, Country Pride Cooperative, Foothills Seed Inc., Harrold Terminal LLC, Miller Terminal, North Central Farmers Elevator, Northern Plains CHS Service Center, Southwest Grain and S.D. Wheat Growers. Their promoting the campaign, connecting with producers, and assistance with donations enabled the campaign to be a success.

Donation can still be made securely online at the South Dakota FFA Foundation’s website: For more information about the campaign, contact Gerri Ann Eide, South Dakota FFA Foundation Executive Director, at 605-765-4865 or or go to