Tricounty News

Minnesota FFA Foundation-celebrate National FFA Week

National FFA Week will be celebrated by Minnesota FFA members, alumni and supporters Feb. 19-26. The Minnesota FFA Foundation encourages you to recognize the week by contributing to programs that support the development of young leaders for agriculture.

"People care about the future of agriculture and want to support young people," said Val Aarsvold, executive director of the Minnesota FFA Foundation. "We have donors involved at all levels. Some choose to sponsor a new member's FFA jacket through the Blue Jacket-Bright Future program while others sponsor leadership conferences or awards at the state convention."

Donors represent all areas of our community including individuals, companies and organizations. Although the majority of donors have ties to agriculture, others contribute because of the leadership training that young people receive.

"We have millions of dollars in loans to area farmers and know the importance of agriculture to our community," said Tom Deming of First National Bank Plainview. "I know of no other youth organization in our area that is as influential long term to its members along with giving them the opportunity to learn leadership and team skills as FFA. We are proud to be a 40-plus year donor to the Minnesota FFA Foundation."

For more information on how you can support our youth and agriculture through a contribution to the Minnesota FFA Foundation, visit our website, or call (507) 534-0188. Your support helps to ensure a bright future for our youth, our future and our nation's agriculture.

The Minnesota FFA Foundation partners with individuals and businesses to provide resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in Agricultural Education. For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation, contact executive director Val Aarsvold at (507) 534-0188, or visit us at