Now more than ever we need to support agriculture education in Idaho, these students are the next generation of agriculturists and leaders in Idaho and the key to ensuring long term success of the Idaho agriculture industry.
With the new match MicronGives has announced for Micron employees, you can be a part of securing the future for the most essential industry, agriculture. Throughout 2020, donations made by Micron employees through the MicronGives program have been increased to receive a 2:1 match from Micron (this is usually a 1:1 match). For example, if a Micron employee donated $125, or one FFA Jacket, Micron will add an additional $250, for a total of 3 FFA jackets!
This program is limited to $10,000 (for a $30,000 total donation) per Micron employee and the total amount matched is limited, once these funds are exhausted the matches for 2020 will be done. If you have already donated previously and would just like Micron to provide matching funds for that donation, this is an option as well.
If you are a Micron employee, the Idaho FFA Foundation humbly asks you to allocate your donation and match dollars towards the Idaho FFA Foundation so you can support all of Idaho FFA. With your help, we can pave the way for our future leaders and agriculturists to thrive and grow, regardless of the circumstances.
For many Idaho agriculture education programs, greenhouses serve as not only an interactive teaching tool but are also a large fundraiser for the year. Even with school closures, the greenhouses are still being managed and cared for by the instructors. If you are in the market for some plants and garden essentials we encourage you to buy local and support your local agriculture education greenhouses! Below is a list of sales that are taking place across the state.
Not seeing a sale in your area? Contact the Liz Wilder, Communications Director, at email@example.com and she will connect you with a chapter in your area!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Idaho FFA Foundation has extended the Tractor Raffle until June 3, 2020. Tickets will continue to be available for purchase until the last week in May. Even with Governor Little’s stay at home order in place, you are still able to purchase tractor raffle tickets and support the Idaho FFA! To order tickets, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Tickets are sold for $20 apiece, with $10 of each ticket going directly back to the chapter that sold the ticket. If you purchase a ticket through the Foundation, you can still choose which chapter will receive half of the ticket sale. The overall goal for this year’s program is to sell 5,100 tickets, or one ticket per Idaho FFA member. If this goal is reached, $51,000 will go directly back to the Idaho FFA Chapters participating in the program. Will you help us reach our goal?
To date, $146,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 134 students from 41 chapters, with another $22,000 awarded in 2020. Click here for the list of all Tractor Raffle Scholarship recipients.
The Tractor Raffle program is unlike any other. Over the course of a year, the tractor journeys across the whole state of Idaho, travelling an estimated 5,000 miles, visiting chapters and communities. Through a collaboration with the Idaho FFA Alumni & Supporters, this program has helped grow Idaho FFA and enable Idaho FFA members to pursue post-secondary education.
Through support from generous donors the Idaho FFA Foundation has awarded $41,000 in college scholarships and $10,500 in Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships. A total of 37 students from 20 different chapters across the state were recipients.
Each year the Idaho FFA Foundation awards college scholarships to Idaho FFA members graduating from high school or enrolled in college. There are six different scholarship funds, funded from a variety of sources including tractor raffle ticket sales, endowments, and private industry support. Each fund has its own set of requirements for recipients, allowing for students from different backgrounds and interested in different pathways to receive funding to turn their goals into reality.
Washington Leadership Conference scholarships are awarded to FFA members currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school. Three different funds, each with two scholarships, are given to students to pay for their registration and travel to and from the Washington Leadership Conference hosted in Washington D.C. over the summer by the National FFA Organization.
Congratulations to the following students and thank you to the people and organizations that make these scholarships possible!
Tractor Raffle Scholarships- $1,000
Tractor Raffle Scholarships are funded through tractor raffle ticket sales and open to all Idaho FFA high school seniors, regardless of their declared majors. A minimum of one scholarship is awarded to each FFA district, distributing them across the state.
Jonathan Muniz, Meridian Madi Eberhard, Meridian
Wyatt Skovgard, Kuna Jaycee Johnson, Troy
Brenna Dunworth, Troy Kendra Murray, Genesee
Taylor Osburn, Highland-Craigmont Morgan Wood, Cambridge
Adyson Harris, Parma Abigail Winkle, Middleton
Mason Horner, Vallivue Aubrey Reese, Ridgevue
Karson King, Filer Samantha Stokesberry, Twin Falls
Autumn McCreary, Jerome Quincey Kirkpatrick, Salmon
McKenna Hunn, Preston Sarah Bateman, Declo
Tractor Raffle Agricultural Education Scholarships- $2,000 each
Scholarships are generated through tractor raffle tickets sales and awarded to high school seniors declaring a major in agriculture education.
Ellie Tesnohlidek, Fruitland Sydney Atkinson, Parma
Betaseed Scholarships- $1,000
Scholarships are funded by Betaseed, a leading sugarbeet seed brand, and granted to high school seniors with declared majors in the field of agriculture.
Annalise DeVries, Cambridge Henry Trujillo, Meridian
Dairy West Scholarships- $2,000
Dairy West provides five scholarships to Idaho FFA high school seniors, undergraduate students, and/or graduate students majoring in dairy science or dairy food science at the University of Idaho, Utah State University, Oregon State University, Washington State University, Brigham Young University or Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Emma Sells, Meridian Kaitlin Mirkin, Jerome Nathan Statsny, Kimberly
Katlyn Scarrow, Kimberly Cole Searle, North Fremont
J.A. Wedum Foundation Scholarships- $2,000
These scholarships are made available by the J.A. Wedum Foundation, a private family foundation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Idaho FFA high school seniors with declared majors in animal science, pre-veterinarian, food science, or the field of agriculture. Two scholarships are given to members of Canyon County FFA Chapters and one is granted to a member of an Idaho FFA Chapter.
Emily Blattner, Kuna Joe Shaw, Parma Lauren DeVries, Cambridge
Tami Earll Daniel Memorial Scholarship- $1,000
This scholarship is in memory of Tami Earll Daniel, a member of the Melba FFA Chapter and advocate for education and agriculture. One scholarship is available for an Idaho FFA high school senior with any declared major.
Kyleigh Davis, Meridian
Dwaine Tesnohlidek WLC Scholarship
The family of Mr. Dwaine Tesnohlidek funded two WLC Scholarships in honor and memory of Mr. Tesnohlidek, a legendary former Fruitland FFA advisor, and mentor to many past Idaho FFA leaders. Students from any chapter are eligible.
Darcy Godfrey, Rigby Katie Russell, Cambridge
Sara Braasch Schmidt WLC Scholarship
The Idaho FFA Foundation Sara Braasch Schmidt Endowment was established in 2016 by Sara and her husband Jim before Sara lost her battle with cancer at the age of 45. Two WLC Scholarship were awarded in her honor and memory to students from any chapter.
Tiernan Almich, Kuna Owen Crowley, Genesee
Friends of Idaho FFA WLC Scholarships
Supporters of Idaho FFA contributed funds for WLC Scholarships during a special Paddle-Up at the 2019 Friends of Idaho FFA Banquet Auction in Twin Falls in April 2019. Two WLC Scholarships were awarded – one to a student from a Magic Valley chapter, and one to a student from any chapter in the state.
Vivian Dugan, Jerome Madison Tesnohlidek, Fruitland
Congratulations again to this year's recipients and thank you to the individuals and companies that make this program possible!
The Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame Banquet on March 13, 2020 in Fort Hall, Idaho brought together five of eastern Idaho’s most distinguished leaders in the agriculture industry to be recognized for their dedication and service to the industry. In total, 381 guests along with Celia Gould, Director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and Governor Brad Little were in attendance.
Idaho FFA State Vice President Shalani Wilcox, Teton FFA members Kayden Driggs and Jazz Winder, American Falls FFA member Gracie Nelson, and Burley FFA member Clayton Beene assisted with the event. After leading the pledge of allegiance, our FFA members directed guests through the buffet lines and assisted those with limited mobility. Each member was assigned to one of the inductees being honored and were responsible for escorting them to the staging area and accompanying them on stage for their awards and acceptance speeches. FFA members had the opportunity to network with prominent producers and agribusiness owners in eastern Idaho. “It was a great experience being able to represent the FFA at a banquet full of agricultural supporters,” said Shalani Wilcox, FFA State Vice President, “All five of us loved helping and talking with industry leaders including Celia Gould, ISDA Director!”
“When we asked if a group of FFA officers could assist with the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame banquet again this year we were confident we would have top-notch help - and they did not disappoint!” said Sarah Skaar, Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame, “These young Ag leaders received many compliments and thanks for their assistance. They were pros!”
Saydee Longhurst, 2018-2019 Idaho FFA State President, received Ed Duren Memorial Young Producer Award for her commitment to production agriculture, innovation, and agriculture leadership. Longhurst runs a successful hay business called Cleo’s Cuttings which sells small bale bundles of straight alfalfa hay and an alfalfa/grass hay mix. The business served as Longhurst’s Supervised Agricultural Experience during her time in FFA, and she credits FFA to setting the groundwork for her to build the project into a full-time business.
“I was truly honored to have been nominated and selected for the Ed Duren Young Producer Award. I am proud to be a part of Idaho Agriculture, especially Eastern Idaho Agriculture and to be a recipient of this award for advocating and working in an industry I truly have a passion for was so humbling. It was especially humbling to be the youngest individual to receive the award as well as the first female recipient,” said Longhurst.
Congratulations to Saydee Longhurst and the other award winners, we are grateful for the work you do for the agriculture industry and the example you set for the thousands of Idaho FFA members!