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Three Students Win Money To Help Send FFA Chapters to National Convention in Indianapolis

Culver’s announces winners of the third annual FFA Essay Contest

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – The agricultural industry is a diverse field sustained by technology and full of possibilities. This was the common theme among the top three essays in Culver’s Third Annual FFA Essay Contest, which is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers™ program. The contest asked FFA members to discuss what they wished the general population knew about the agricultural industry and how they would help to educate people on the topic.

Culver’s awarded money to the winning writers’ FFA chapters to help fund trips to the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25–28. As the first-place winner, Skylar B.’s DeWitt Central FFA Chapter in Iowa will receive $7,500. Emily S. from Lincoln FFA in California and Morgan J. from Denver City FFA in Texas will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively to support their chapters’ trips to Indianapolis.

“With each year of the essay contest, we continue to be impressed by FFA members’ knowledge of agriculture and their passion for sharing what they do with others,” said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager for Culver’s. “Not only is the contest a great way for us to show our support for these deserving students, but it’s also an opportunity to educate ourselves about the opinions of our next generation of agricultural leaders.”

The three students’ essays rose to the top of over 650 entries. Here are some excerpts from the winning essays:
Skylar: “The agriculture industry is not just farming. It’s engineering and sales, it’s leadership and public speaking, it’s wildlife conservation and fisheries, and so much more. It’s a wide range of career possibilities—some of which haven’t even been discovered today but will be available in the near future. The landscape of our agricultural world is changing, and the future possibilities are endless.”

Emily: “I once read, ‘Once in your lifetime you may need a lawyer, doctor, or police officer, but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer,’ and though this is true, farmers and agriculturalists provide so much more for the everyday person than just food. They clothe them, produce products to allow their cars to run, and so much more.”

Morgan: “With the average American being at least three generations removed from the family farm, it has become increasingly difficult to keep consumers aware and up-to-date on the ever-evolving agricultural industry. For these consumers living in the advanced, industrialized society that we do today, it has become harder and harder to fully understand the lives of modern farmers.”
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 and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers over 600 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 national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 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 FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the official National FFA Organization blog.