The National FFA Organization recently honored Dairy Farmers of America, a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the U.S., with a Distinguished Service Citation. The annual award, which was presented at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, honors organizations, agencies, businesses, or other groups who have made outstanding contributions to FFA and agricultural education on a national level.
DFA Board member Brian Rexing, a dairy farmer from Owensville, Indiana, accepted the award on behalf of DFA. Culver Franchising System of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, and Lincoln Electric/The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio were also honored as 2018 Distinguished Service Citation recipients.
“Developing and engaging young farmers is critical to our industry’s future, and we appreciate this honor and all the work that the FFA does to help shape future agricultural leaders,” says Kristen Coady, vice president of corporate communications at DFA.
DFA has supported the National FFA for 45 years by helping fund and assist youth pursuing education and careers in agriculture. Additionally, their support of the Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event has helped strengthen FFA members in their knowledge of quality production, processing, distribution, promotion, and marketing of milk and dairy foods.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training though agricultural education to more than 668,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 344,000 alumni members in 2,051 chapters throughout the U.S.
Congratulations to all the companies who put in hard work everyday to support the youth in agriculture.