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FFA Foundation receives $1 million gift from RFD-TV


Those attending the FFA State Presidents' Conference this week in Washington
pose at the Department of Agriculture to mark RFD-TV's $1 million donation to the National FFA Foundation. (RFD-TV)

Rural television network RFD-TV has given $1 million to the National FFA Foundation that supports FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America.

RFD-TV founder Patrick Groth presented a check to Ryan Best, a New Mexico State University agriculture major and national FFA president, during a ceremony in the patio of the Agriculture Department on Thursday. FFA students from every state but Hawaii were visiting Washington for the FFA State Presidents Conference.

The gift is the largest FFA contribution to date with no restrictions on how it can be used, the Omaha World Herald reported. Created in 1944, the FFA Foundation has raised more than $200 million to support FFA and agriculture education.

“This gift will provide FFA members with enhanced access to leadership programs, assist in efforts to establish new chapters and encourage new students to join FFA and support initiatives such as the Agricultural Career Network connecting students to career opportunities in agriculture,” Best said in a news release.