ADM gives back to National FFA Organization
INDIANAPOLIS – Following the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo held in October, Mark D. Schweitzer, vice president of Investor Relations for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has been named the 2017 Chair for the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board.
As Sponsors’ Board Chair, Schweitzer will lead the executive committee and board meetings, co-chair the kick off meeting for the FFA National Convention & Expo, emcee the proficiency luncheon at the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo and host the chair’s dinner at convention. The chair also serves on the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees.
In addition to volunteering time and talent on the Sponsors’ Board, ADM also gave monetary support to the National FFA Foundation. For 2017, ADM has donated $275,800 to the National FFA Foundation. The donation will support the National FFA Organization’s leadership programs including the National Leadership Conference for State Officers (NLCSO) and State Presidents’ Conference (SPC).
In August, ADM donated $50,000 in support of the National FFA American Degree and the American Star recognition which occurred in Indianapolis earlier this month. This was a renewed gift on behalf of ADM’s Crop Risk Services business unit and 2016 marks the 57th year in ADM’s history of giving to FFA. The donation, in addition to its other contributions to the National FFA Foundation, places ADM at the organization’s silver sponsorship level for the year.
“The agriculture industry is relying on the next generation of leaders to drive innovation to meet today’s challenges of finding new ways to feed the world’s growing population and continuing to develop a healthier and safer food supply,” said Mark Schweitzer, vice president of Investor Relations at ADM. “FFA does a tremendous job of developing and preparing students for leadership roles and successful careers in agriculture. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with FFA and are pleased to continue that support this year.”
The donations were given through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.
In addition to contributing to FFA programs, ADM Animal Nutrition, another business unit of ADM, is also a National FFA Convention & Expo exhibitor.
“Generous, broad and continued support from ADM has such an impact on our members at the local, state and national levels,” said Molly Ball, President of the National FFA Foundation. “From leadership programs to student scholarships, ADM’s contributions help us achieve our vision of growing leaders who strengthen agriculture and build communities.”