Members of the Alden-Conger FFA chapter stand with WFS employees and an oversized check for $2,000. – Provided
Members of the Alden-Conger FFA chapter stand with WFS employees and an oversized check for $2,000. – Provided

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WFS presents $2,000 grant to Alden-Conger FFA chapter

Published 9:31am Friday, June 13, 2014

ALDEN — WFS recently announced it would once again offer a $2,000 grant program to each FFA chapter within their trade territory through the WFS Foundation.

The grant money will be used to support two projects Alden-Conger FFA Advisor Pam Koenen said.

“First, we would use it toward a farm safety project where chapter members deliver meals and safety information to farmers during fall harvest. This will increase awareness of farm safety, as well as increase the presence of the FFA Chapter in the community. Second, we would use it toward officer training, which will increase the effectiveness of the officers.”

The purpose of the grant is for each chapter to use the funds to focus on developing and applying leadership and classroom skills with activities, projects, or events that help improve our rural communities and/or service those who live there.

“WFS is a huge supporter of what FFA has to offer young people,” said WFS Marketing Communication Director Jo Ann Gumto. “We believe the skills they gain from being part of the program are invaluable, and we want to help local chapters fund projects that will teach and inspire the students in FFA to be great leaders in our communities.”

Each chapter adviser was asked to fill out an application describing an activity, project or event that their chapter has planned for the coming months or has already accomplished this year and how it may have improved their community or helped service a group.

WFS Field Marketer Erik Bryson and New Richland location manager Wayne Jacobs were on hand to present members of the Alden-Conger FFA chapter with a check for $2,000. Both Bryson and Jacobs are Alden-Conger FFA Chapter alumni.

WFS’s relationship with Land O’Lakes will also provide for matching funds in the amount of $2,000 from the Land O’Lakes Foundation making the total contribution $4,000. These funds will be presented at a later date and will be used for materials needed to prepare for regional and state competitions.