Farm supply retailer Southern States Cooperative is holding a monthlong fundraiser to help raise money for future farmers. Southern States stores are hosting an FFA Paper Emblem campaign where customers can donate $1 or more at checkout throughout the entire month of March and sign their name on a paper emblem that says, “I’m Supporting FFA.”
“Young farmers are the future of food production,” said Jeff Stroburg, president and CEO of Southern States. “As a farmer-owned cooperative, we take tremendous pride in investing in the young farmers of America and will continue to contribute to their development as future leaders in agriculture.”
The campaign, which kicked off March 1, benefits FFA organizations at the local, state and national levels.
"We are deeply appreciative of Southern States and the company’s assistance to raise financial support for FFA and heighten community awareness about our organization," said Molly Ball, National FFA Foundation president. "Money donated by Southern States customers will help ensure that we’re able to continue to develop students’ leadership, growth and career success potential."
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. Half of all funds collected will benefit a local FFA chapter in the community; the other half will benefit the National FFA Foundation. Locally participating stores include Best Equipment in Lewes and Southern States stores in Dagsboro and Milford. For more information, go to www.southernstates.com/FFA.
Southern States Cooperative sells farm and home supplies, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed, animal health supplies, propane and lawn care supplies.