Sioux Rapids - As another school year begins, a $4 million program to benefit the Iowa FFA Foundation also launches. The Stine Seed Program will allow farmers to purchase Stine brand seed corn from local FFA chapters, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to state and local programming. This unique opportunity was established through the generosity of Stine Seed Company founder, Harry Stine.
"The simplicity of this program is tremendous," says Melanie Bloom, Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor at Sioux Central High School. "Our students receive experience, the producer receives a good product, our chapter earns a little money, and our FFA Enrichment Center is completed. It's a win-win for everyone."
The seed corn provided by Stine will be fully serviced and supported through the regular Stine sales and agronomic network. The 12 corn hybrids available through the program, including eight Stine VT Triple (TM) hybrids and four Stine Roundup Ready (R) Corn 2 hybrids, will be sold by local FFA members through December, 2009.
With a program of this significance, student involvement is a critical key. A student incenitve program has been established with the support of Tractor Supply Company, who has graciously donated $5,000 to be awarded as cash prizes to those students and chapters who outshine the rest and excel within this program. Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will also award ten $500 scholarships to students participating in this important and essential program.
The FFA ENrichment Center is under construction on the Des Moines Area Community College Campus in Ankeny and will serve as the hub for Iowa's youth and agricultural community. The 57,000 square foot center is designed and dedicated to provide advanced leadership programming using unique teaching tools and resources including greenhouses, computer and science laboratories, and fiber optic connectivity for distance learning. The geo-thermal, state-of-the-art center is truly an attribute to the future of agriculture and the evolution of technology.
Growers interested in purchasing seed should contact the Sioux Central FFA Chapter at 712.283.2571 or email@example.com.
For more information ont he Stine Seed Program, call 712.249.7277 or go to www.iowaffafoundation.org.