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Attending the ceremony to accept the $2,000 award are, front from left, Lukas Davie, Megan Murdoch, Dalton King, Tristan Boyd, Mark Thornburg (District Sales Manager who presented the gift card and helped coordinate presentation), Natalia Nolting, Ian Begemann and Savannah Schafer.

MURRAY -- Members of the Conestoga High School FFA chapter not only learned first-hand about agricultural livelihoods, but also earned $2,000 for their FFA program by participating in the third annual FFA Chapter Challenge.

“Chapter Challenge provided the opportunity for my students to make connections at Schlichtemeier and Wehrbein Farms, where they were able to apply classroom activities to production systems,” said Jonathan Anderson, chapter advisor. “The students learned a lot from this real-world experience because it was applicable to their daily lives.” 

New this year, Chapter Challenge offered FFA members in 15 states two ways to participate. Chapters could compete in the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. In the Voting Challenge, members met with local farmers to build relationships and learn about their livelihoods. Those farmers then voted for their favorite FFA chapter. The Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge encouraged chapters to meet with agriculturalists and community members to broaden their understanding about agriculture and then promote what they learned through social media and by creating a video. The Conestoga High School FFA chapter received $2,000 in credit for placing second in the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge in Nebraska.

“Monsanto is proud to partner with the National FFA Foundation,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. “Together we are helping local FFA chapters advocate for agriculture and create bonds with the people who grow our food and build our communities.”

Across the country, more than 300 FFA chapters were in the running for the FFA Chapter Challenge grand prize, sponsored by the National FFA Foundation and Monsanto. The top chapter in each category received an all-expense paid trip for seven to the National FFA Convention & Expo. The top FFA chapters in each state received certificates of credit up to $2,500 which can be used with the national office for items such as new FFA blue jackets, convention fees and more. 

Winning chapters in Nebraska:

- Portfolio Challenge

* First place – Gothenburg High School FFA

* Second place – Conestoga High School FFA

- Voting Challenge

* First place – Pierce High School FFA

* Second place – Ravenna High School FFA

* Third place – Amherst High School FFA

To see a full list of 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge winners, please visit

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit:  Follow our business on Twitter at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows at, or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.


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