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Culver’s to Award $15,000 in Educational Funds to FFA Chapters

Restaurant Chain Launches Fourth Annual FFA Essay Contest 

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – Culver’s is celebrating National FFA Week in a big way. Through its Thank You Farmers® Project, the restaurant will launch its fourth annual FFA Essay Contest on Feb. 19. The three winning essay writers will win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their FFA chapters.

The FFA chapters are encouraged to use their prize money to support educational opportunities for their members, like attending the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 24–27, 2018. FFA members can submit their essays at

This year’s essay contest prompt is:

  • The 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo theme was “I can. We will.” What does this mean to you, and how will you apply it in your future ag career?

The contest ends April 6, 2018, at 5 p.m. CST.

“FFA members are our future, and we want to do our part in supporting them and their education,” said Jessie Kreke, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “This contest is always such a great way for us to connect with them on an individual level to hear what they’re passionate about, and what they hope to accomplish in their careers.”

Culver’s essay contest is part of the restaurant’s Thank You Farmers Project, which is focused on making sure we have enough wholesome food to serve our growing population by supporting agricultural education programs that encourage smart farming. To date, the Thank You Farmers Project has raised over $1.7 million in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations. Read how participating in FFA prepared our first FFA essay contest winner, Hailey Hampton, to pursue a career in agriculture.

About Culver's:

For over 30 years, Culver's guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers nearly 650 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants' nationally recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen, beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit,, or

About the National FFA Organization:

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,539 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the official National FFA Organization blog.