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Three FFA Chapters Win Money for Convention Trips to Indianapolis

Culver’s Announces Winners of the Second Annual FFA Essay Contest 

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. - August 4, 2016 - The world’s population is predicted to grow to 9.3 billion by 2050, up from 6.9 billion in 2010. To address the challenge of producing enough food to feed an increasing population, Culver’s Second Annual FFA Essay Contest prompted FFA members to discuss how they see technology impacting the agricultural industry and their ag careers, for a chance to win money to fund their chapters’ trips to the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct.19–22.

As the first-place winner, Sierra W.’s Riverton Parke FFA chapter in Indiana will receive $7,500. Wyatt N. from the Parma FFA chapter in Idaho and Hannah S. from the Seven Lakes FFA chapter in Texas will each receive $2,500 to support their chapters’ trips to Indianapolis. 

“These essays are a great way for us to hear from FFA members on important agricultural topics,” said David Stidham, vice president of marketing at Culver’s, who shared that Culver’s received nearly 600 entries. “We’re continually blown away by FFA members’ passion for agriculture.”

Here are some excerpts from the winning essays:

Sierra: “Through biotechnology, we are growing more disease-resistant crops and raising healthier livestock with lower feed-to-meat ratios. We are thus producing more resources in more economical ways, and creating more dependable sources of food.”

Wyatt: “My great grandpa told me the story of him working the fields with teams of horses, planting the seeds by hand and harvesting with horses as well… When he retired, he was selling state-of-the-art combines, tractors and planters. He was the first farmer in our community to put in wheel lines; neighbors thought he was crazy. He was the first to put in a pivot, and again he was crazy. In those sixty years, technology took agricultural production to extraordinary levels.”

Hannah: “Computer programmers are needed to code the unmanned aerial vehicles patrolling the wheat fields, geneticists are vital to creating more nutritious crops and economists can help prevent surpluses and shortages by assisting farmers in producing the right amount of product for the market.”

Sierra plans to become a veterinarian, and sees technology having a significant impact on her career because it will create more efficient ways of diagnosing ailments in animals. Wyatt hopes to have a career in animal science and ag business management, and believes technology is only limited by our imagination. Hannah is interested in a career in botany because it will allow her to work on a genetic level to maximize the nutritional value of plants. 

This essay contest is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, which recognizes how vital agriculture is to Culver’s success. To learn more, visit www.culvers.com/farmers

About Culver's:

For over 30 years, Culver's guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients, served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers more than 550 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 www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook, www.twitter.com/culvers, www.gplus.to/culvers or www.instagram.com/culvers

About the National FFA Organization:

The National FFA Organization is a nationwide youth organization of 629,367 student members who participate in 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in students’ lives 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 U.S. Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. As a service to state and local agricultural education programs, the U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA. For more information, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization.