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‘Co-op to sponsor annual FFA Goodwill Tour’


Tennessee Farmers Cooperative is the new headline sponsor of the annual FFA Goodwill Tour.

“The FFA Goodwill Tour presents a great opportunity to demonstrate Co-op’s commitment to the future of agriculture as the state FFA officers visit more than 2,000 individuals throughout the week and are featured by media across the state,” says Keith Harrison, TFC communications and marketing manager. “It showcases the professionalism and promise of the dynamic young men and women serving in leadership roles as state FFA officers.  We are pleased to play a role in this important tradition.”

The annual tour coincides with National FFA Week held each year during the week of President’s Day. The entire week is dedicated to educating students, parents, and industry representatives about FFA and agricultural education.

This year’s tour kicks off Friday, Feb. 17, when the eight state FFA officers address some 400 Tennessee FFA Alumni Convention attendees at the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation office in Columbia, says Chelsea Rose, Tennessee FFA Foundation executive director.

Then, from Sunday, Feb. 19 through Saturday, Feb. 25, the state FFA officers will traverse the state, stopping at five agriculture universities, visiting some of Tennessee’s most interesting farms and agribusinesses (including Tennessee Farmers Cooperative headquarters in LaVergne), and spending time with legislators before concluding the trip in Clarksville with a luncheon at the F&M Bank headquarters. At each stop, they will make a 20-minute or so presentation on FFA and its role in agricultural education.

Co-op’s contribution will offset travel and other expenses associated with the tour.   

“Co-op is one the most important supporters of the Tennessee FFA Foundation,” says Rose. “Like Co-op, FFA is serving a diverse, growing population and working to keep pace with an ever-evolving industry. By working so closely with Co-op, FFA is able to learn from the best in agricultural sales and service to produce students who are ready for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.”

“Coming from a family that has been a member of the local Co-op, it is satisfying to work with a company that has common values with FFA,” added Aaron Walls, Cookeville FFA, Middle Tennessee vice president. “Co-op’s support allows FFA members to reach their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Co-op is helping FFA bridge the gap between the goals we set while wearing the blue jacket and those dreams becoming a reality.”

FFA provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education. Tennessee has more than 14,000 members, 322 advisors, and 216 chapters, including seven collegiate chapters.  The National FFA organization boasts nearly 650,000 members in 7,859 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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