Cargill is investing US$2.1 million to help the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Organization develop future leaders who are prepared to continue advancing sustainable agriculture.
Cargill and the organisation believe that agriculture can solve some of the world’s toughest sustainability challenges. The funds being invested by Cargill will enable the National FFA Organization’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 and 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.”
We need the best and brightest young minds to help create solutions that balance feeding a growing population with protecting our planet,” – Ruth Kimmelshue Cargill.
The investment will, amongst many other things, elevate support of the recruitment and retention of quality agriculture educators, as well as of the agriscience fair which aims to develop students interested in and excelling in science and research, with more than 415 projects approved for competition at the national level.
“Cargill is proud to support the work FFA is doing to cultivate a better future for all, by empowering young people to be leaders in agriculture, food and nutrition,” said John Niemann, president, protein ingredients and international channel, Cargill Protein – North America, and current Chair of the National FFA sponsors board.