CHS Foundation Commits $4.3 million to FFA

November 14, 2023
Dave Kayser, South Dakota farmer and trustee for the CHS Foundation, explains how the foundation’s $4.3 million grant to National FFA will help fund programs and opportunities to cultivate future ag leaders.

The future of agriculture depends on having a full pipeline of talented young people, and no organization is more dedicated to developing the next generation of agriculture leaders than the National FFA Organization. The CHS Foundation has made a nearly $4.3 million commitment over the next three years to support ag education and provide opportunities for teachers and students.

“The CHS Foundation has supported FFA for more than 40 years and remains committed to doing so,” says Dave Kayser, South Dakota farmer and trustee for the CHS Foundation. “I’ve seen firsthand how agricultural teachers and involvement with FFA can inspire students of all backgrounds to pursue careers in agriculture. FFA makes a difference for young people, and we want to help that continue.”

CHS Foundation Donation Supports FFA

The nearly $4.3 million gift is the largest made by the CHS Foundation in its 75-year history. The donation will provide scholarships for FFA members to attend conferences and contests, introduce students to agriculture careers, support the National Association of Agricultural Educators, which recruits and retains ag teachers and builds strong teaching programs, and help fund FFA programs in 17 states.

“The No. 1 ingredient to a successful FFA program is a great teacher and advisor,” Kayser says. “This donation will help ensure FFA members continue to have opportunities to explore careers and build critical skills, with plenty of hands-on learning experiences from FFA advisors, agricultural teachers and other students.”

Finding New Opportunities

Kayser says FFA members interested in taking advantage of support from the CHS Foundation should talk to an FFA advisor about scholarship opportunities.

FFA isn’t just for farm kids, Kayser says. “We encourage students from all backgrounds and with all types of skills and interests to consider careers in agriculture.”.

“You can’t help but see how valuable FFA is to its members. There are so many talented students, and supporting FFA is our best opportunity to help them find careers in agriculture,” he adds.  “As a representative of the CHS Foundation, I am especially glad to help support FFA and the great work done by agricultural teachers and FFA advisors throughout America.”

4 FFA youth standing in a soybean field during harvest time holding dried soybean plants with a blue sky in the background