MIDDLEPORT, N.Y. – FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport, has awarded a $4,500 grant to help with the start-up of a chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) for the Royalton-Hartland Schools.
The grant, one of three made nationwide to FFA chapters in each of the company’s Agricultural Solutions plant communities, illustrates FMC’s commitment to investing in farming’s future by supporting youth agricultural education.
"To continue America's leadership in agriculture, we need to engage students now," said John Kasper, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America commercial business director.
"FFA prepares students for more than 300 careers and reaches more than 600,000 members,” Kasper said. “Our support can make a positive difference in the lives of many young people who will be the future scientists, business leaders and educators in global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource industries."
FMC’s support is aimed at helping expand students’ interest in science and agriculture by engaging with FMC visiting scientists and developing vital career skills through participation in career development events.
“The students are very appreciative to FMC for their generosity in this grant that will directly benefit the students in working towards the goals they have established,” said Megan Blackburn, FFA Roy-Hart Chapter president, and Emma Halstead, chapter vice president.
In addition to the grants, FMC is co-sponsoring the national FFA Agriscience Plant Systems Research Proficiency Award. This award recognizes student research covering the life cycles, classifications, functions, and practices of plant systems related to crops, turf grass, trees and shrubs, and/or ornamental plants.