Nampa, Idaho-based Valley Wide Cooperative, and benevolence partner Arden Hills, Minnesota based cooperative Land O’Lakes, came together to donate $22,000 to the Parma FFA Chapter. The money will be used to help build a greenhouse at Parma High School that will provide years of engaging education around plants and horticulture.
Janine Johnson, Parma FFA chapter advisor, said, “We are so thankful to be receiving this donation towards building a greenhouse that will grow and develop our plant science program.”
Plants grown in the greenhouse are sold in the spring to raise money for chapter activities. Some chapters raise up to $15,000 each spring and those funds pay for lab supplies, study materials, FFA jackets, conference registration fees, and more. In addition to raising funds, greenhouses offer students hands on learning experiences, exposing them to disciplines such as plant sciences, horticulture, nursery and landscape management, agronomy, floriculture, and more. This exposure gives students an insight into the various career pathways within plant sciences and provides them with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge for success.
"We are so thankful for Valley Wide Cooperative's support of not only the Idaho FFA Foundation, but also the chapters that make up the Idaho FFA Association," said Marcia Jedry, "Their continuous commitment to our students and programs helps secure the future of the Idaho agriculture industry."
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
− Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
− Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
− Student leadership organizations, like FFA
Since 1920, Valley Wide Cooperative has been helping farmers and ranchers build their homes and businesses through dedication and expertise. Valley Wide Cooperative engages in every community they do business in and helps to cultivate and strengthen the current and upcoming generation of ag and industry leaders.
Since the inception of the Tractor Raffle program 11 years ago, G&R Ag Products has been a proud sponsor every step of the way. Over the years, as the program has evolved to further promote agricultural education and reach new audiences, the Idaho FFA Foundation has been able to rely on support from G&R Ag Products. From the very first antique tractor, to the 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000, G&R has supported, advocated for, and promoted the Tractor Raffle Program.
“We have been involved in it ever since Sid and his wife started it many years ago and have been able to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers through this program,” said Curt Ruehl, Owner of G&R Ag Products, “We work directly with the farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry so supporting this program is all part of what makes Idaho one of the ag leaders in the nation.”
For this year’s program, G&R Ag Products has graciously provided a custom-built sprayer for the Ranger. The sprayer contains a 50-gallon tank with a 5.3 gallon a minute spray rate and a 25-foot spray pattern with 30 feet of hose. On its way to the Owyhee County Fair, the Ranger stopped by G&R Ag Products to be fitted for its custom sprayer.
The Idaho FFA Foundation is grateful for G&R Ag Products continuous support and their dedication towards providing for the next generation of leaders the tools necessary for success. “We are blessed to have G&R Ag Products as a lifetime supporter of the tractor Raffle Program, it is because of people like Curt that this program continues to grow and give back to our students in the form of not only scholarships but also chapter support,” said Marcia Jedry CAE, Idaho FFA Foundation Executive Director.
Thank you, G&R for your continuous support! We look forward to the next 11 years.