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Media Press Release

Culver's to Fund Trips to FFA Convention

Culver's Kicks off the Second Annual FFA Essay Contest

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. - April 26, 2016 - FFA members across the United States—all 629,367 of them—will have the opportunity to win money toward a trip for their chapter to the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, October 19-22. From celebrations to professional development and educational opportunities, this four-day event gives more than 60,000 students the chance to grow their chapters, their friendships and their own potential. This year, Culver's hopes to make it possible for even more students to attend the convention by funding three chapters' trips.

Hosted by Culver's, the Second Annual FFA Essay Contest invites FFA members to write an essay to enter for the chance to be one of the chapters that Culver's helps send to the convention. The top three essay writers will receive $7,500, $2,500 and $2,500, respectively, to help fund their chapters' trips.

The essay contest is part of Culver's Thank You Farmers program which recognizes how vital agriculture is to Culver's success, while providing financial support to young people who want to make a career in agriculture. "Not only is this contest a way to show our support for FFA, but it's also a great opportunity for Culver's to hear firsthand from members about so many important agricultural topics," shared David Stidham, vice president of marketing at Culver's.

FFA members interested in entering the Second Annual FFA Essay Contest should visit www.culvers.com/essaycontest and submit an essay of 1,000 words or less about how they see modern technology is impacting the agricultural industry and their ag careers. The essay contest ends June 3, 2016, at 5 p.m. CDT, and the winners of the contest will be notified in late June.

Last year's essay contest prompted members to write about the importance of advocating for agriculture. The winning essay was written by Hailey Hampton, a member of the Mackay, Idaho, FFA chapter, and discussed important things like taking the time to understand and appreciate farmers for all that they do. You can tag along with her chapter's 12-day, 15-state trip to Louisville here.

To learn more about Culver's efforts to support the next generation of America's farmers, 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 23 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.