Cargill and the National FFA Organization share the belief that agriculture can solve some of the world’s toughest sustainability challenges. Cargill is investing $2.1 million over three years to help FFA develop future leaders who are prepared to continue advancing sustainable agriculture. The funds will enable FFA’s efforts to bridge the needs of the agriculture, food, and natural resources industries.
“We need the best and brightest young minds to help create solutions that balance feeding a growing population with protecting our planet,” said Ruth Kimmelshue, business operations & supply chain lead and Chief Sustainability Officer for Cargill, and former member of the National FFA Organization Board of Directors. “Through agriculture, young people have the opportunity to develop and use new technology and implement solutions to regenerate soils, build the economic success of farming communities, innovate supply chains, address the global issues facing our industry — such as climate change, deforestation, and water conservation — and so much more.”
The National FFA Organization’s sustainability leader development program will receive $300,000 of the investment, supporting the organization’s efforts to re-evaluate programs and events to include educational resources, experiential learning, and leadership development opportunities for future sustainability-driven influencers. The multi-year commitment also elevates support of:
- The state officer leadership continuum — impacting FFA members by developing leadership skills and personal growth for 375 state officers
- Living to serve platform — supporting 57,000 hours of service to make a difference in local communities across the country through chapter service projects
- The agriscience fair — developing students interested in and excelling in science and research, with more than 415 projects approved for competition at the national level. 89% of students report having a better understanding of science’s role in agriculture after competing in the fair
- Recruitment and retention of quality agriculture educators