Toyota, National FFA Foundation announce two-year commitment

The National FFA Foundation has announced that Toyota has agreed to increase its annual support with a two-year commitment of approximately $1.4 million dollars in cash and product.

These additional funds will support National FFA student leadership development and alumni programs, local community service projects, collegiate scholarships, special events, and enhance diversity in agricultural education.

In addition to a monetary donation, 25 Toyota vehicles will be provided to selected local agriculture education programs and key agricultural education leaders and organizations across the country.

“The National FFA Foundation has a longstanding relationship with Toyota and with these additional funds, we can recommit resources across all avenues of the agricultural education spectrum,” said Dennis Sargent, executive director of the National FFA Foundation. “Students, teachers, alumni and volunteers will all feel the impact of this expanded Toyota initiative.”

Historically, Toyota has supported post-secondary education, math and science and environmental education as well as community development programs. These endeavors align perfectly with agriculture education curricula.

Toyota has been supporting these types of programs with the National FFA Foundation over the past 30 years.

“We are excited about our significant increase in our support of the FFA,” said Brian Smith, Corporate Manager of Truck and SUV for Toyota. “We're looking forward to expanding our base of educational support to the future agricultural leaders of this country.”

Toyota was a major sponsor last October, during the 79th National FFA Convention, by providing courtesy vehicles to support transportation needs at the national convention.

They also worked with local Indiana FFA chapters to organize Can Hunger, a food drive to help the hungry through the Gleaners Food Bank network in central Indiana.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 495,046 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture — as part of 7,242 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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