The National FFA Organization announced this week it raised $389,880 — a record in donations — during National FFA Week on Give FFA Day. However, the organization also receives support throughout the whole year from companies and the public. One example is the support provided by the Zoetis Industry Support Program, with more than $392,000 donated to over 1,500 FFA chapters nationwide. It’s estimated about 33,000 students benefited from the contributions. This donation is a portion of the more than $600,000 Zoetis contributes annually to support FFA as a Gold Sponsor.
“This year marks the 15th year of the Zoetis Industry Support Program,” said Jared Shriver, senior vice president of U.S. Cattle and Pork, Zoetis. “We are committed to the growth and development of future leaders in agriculture. The program helps ensure that all students can benefit from the wealth of learning opportunities offered in their FFA experience.”
Veterinarians and animal health dealers and distributors make the Industry Support program possible each year by designating a portion of sales from eligible Zoetis Cattle and Equine products to FFA chapters of their choice.
A 2021 survey conducted by the National FFA Foundation of 633-chapter advisers revealed how funds were utilized to further support their mission, programs and opportunities for students. Sixty-five percent reported funds were used to cover costs for trips — to competitions, leadership conferences and the National FFA Convention and Expo — while 25 percent purchased classroom materials and equipment.
With over $600,000 donated in 2021, inclusive of the program’s contributions, funds were used to sponsor a variety of Career Development Events, Supervised Agriculture Experiences, and Award Proficiencies, Advocacy and Agriculture Literacy Education, and Pig in a Classroom.
The 2022 Zoetis Industry Support Program is ongoing and will conclude on April 30. Zoetis customers have until May 6, 2022, to enroll and designate their preferred FFA chapters. To learn more about the program and how to contribute, visit the Zoetis Industry Support Program website.