The Ag Champions Contest is designed for FFA chapters to submit advocacy plans to boost education in communities about issues and misconceptions about agriculture.
Corn Board executive director Kelly Brunkhorst says three winners will receive grants based on the chapters’ proposed program.
Brunkhorst says, “We feel that they’re the ones that have this passion inside of them because of where they grew up, they’re involved in FFA, and now we want to take that and channel it to be able to activate them into visiting with people in their community, consumers in their communities, about the issues around agriculture and the questions that consumers have.”
Brunkhorst says chapters can reach out to community groups or expand the program reach into areas outside their local community. He says a former Husker football player who’s now a gold medal-winning Olympic bobsledder is also part of the partnership to increase the agricultural advocacy throughout Nebraska.
“We have worked with Curt Tomasevicz in the past and we thought, here’s an opportunity where they may be able to use Curt Tomasevicz in their messaging or in delivering that message,” he says.
Brunkhorst says the program proposals will be accepted at the Nebraska Corn Board website until May and the winners will be announced in June.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton