Friday, June 11, 2010

Newark FFA Receives Cooperative Activities Award

The Newark FFA Chapter was recognized as the Section 7 Winner of the Cooperative Activities Award Program on June 9 at the Illinois FFA Convention. The convention is being held June 8-10 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

The Cooperative Activities Award Program is designed to increase FFA members' understanding of the cooperative way of doing business. Members representing the winning FFA chapters will participate in the Cooperative Activities Tour in July. The tour provides FFA members the opportunity to gain firsthand insights with cooperatives and the leaders of agricultural cooperatives.

The Cooperative Activities program is sponsored are by the Illinois Farm Bureau, GROWMARK, COUNTRY Insurance and Financial Services, Prairie Farms Dairy, and IAA Credit Union. Jane Castellano, of GROWMARK, and Lauren Jaeger, of Prairie Farms, presented the awards.

More than 3,500 FFA members, advisors, parents, and guests will participate in the 82nd Illinois Association FFA Convention. There are 17,400 members in 301 different FFA chapters in the State of Illinois. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization preparing students for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.

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