"Way back in the early 1940s, I was sectional vice president for the Iowa association, so I've always had a soft spot for FFA," says Smith. "Seeing those young boys and girls continue the traditions makes me proud."
Individual FFA chapters also decided how the funding would best impact their organization. Fairview High School FFA used their donation to support a variety of activities, including convention trips and officer retreats. In addition to sending members to camp this summer, Fort Recovery High School FFA also used the money for convention trips.
"As a farmer, I have seen young kids shine at the National FFA Convention for years," says Smith "I wanted to support my local chapter through the America's Farmers Grow Communities donation so that students will continue to have the opportunity to participate in such a fine organization."
America's Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to help them positively impact their communities. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to strengthen rural America.