Iowa FFA Foundation Benefits from Monsanto’s U.S. Licensing Organization’s Fall Harvest Meeting


State Foundation Receives $5,737 Donation from Dueling Pianos Fundraiser

This year, during Monsanto’s annual Corn States U.S. licensing organization’s Harvest Celebration meeting, Iowa’s FFA Foundation was the real winner as Monsanto’s independent seed company customers and the Corn States U.S. licensing organization took to raising money to benefit the Iowa FFA Foundation. The group, which has seen the positive impact FFA makes on students, participated by giving their dollar bills for a private dueling pianos fundraiser event held October 20.

Monsanto Company matched every dollar donated at the event. In total, the Iowa FFA Foundation received $5,737. At the end of the evening, Iowa FFA Foundation President, Kevin Butt was presented with a ceremonial check for the final donation amount.

“We are so greatly in need of dollars for the Iowa FFA Foundation’s leadership fund and this is perfect timing for our foundation to help meet the needs of FFA members throughout Iowa,” said Wayne Nattress, Iowa FFA Foundation’s Executive Director. “Since the foundation will be having its 25th Anniversary in February 2011 we may also designate special use for some of this money to celebrate our birthday during National FFA Week.”

Jim Hedges, president of Monsanto’s Corn States U.S. licensing organization, was happy to help out the Iowa agriculture and the Iowa FFA.

“We’re very excited to include the Iowa FFA Foundation in our Corn States Harvest Celebration program this year,” said Hedges. “This is a tremendous opportunity for many of today’s leading seedsmen to help support tomorrow’s agricultural leaders. Both independent seed companies and Monsanto are proud to invest in the Iowa FFA Foundation, demonstrating our commitment not only to sustainable agriculture, but to local farm communities.”

Monsanto is also supporting Iowa ag youth this year through its America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, which is being conducted in more than 1,200 counties in 38 states. The program gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their community that they can direct to an ag youth organization, such as FFA and 4-H, or other non-profit civic organizations in their communities. For more information, visit

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