Archer Daniels Midland Company Supports FFA Organization And Programs
The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), provided $345,000 in 2015 to assist the National FFA Organization and to support a variety of its programs designed to educate and recognize high school students involved in the agriculture industry. FFA is a national organization of nearly half a million members in over 7,000 local chapters preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Local, state and national programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. In addition, ADM provided strong support at the National FFA Convention and Expo, assisting with the livestock judging contest and talking to students and their parents about potential career paths in agriculture generally, and with ADM specifically. ADM executives also participated in a career networking event with state FFA officers and judged the national Proficiency Awards and the American Degree Star Awards which recognize the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients who have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research. “Our industry is looking to the next generation of leaders to feed a growing global population,” said Michael D’Ambrose, ADM senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “FFA does an outstanding job of preparing students for leadership roles and successful careers in the ag industry, and we are proud to support their mission. “Our support of FFA is part of a broader strategic effort to grow the industry’s base of diverse young talent—an effort that includes a focus on diversity and inclusion,” D’Ambrose added. He noted that ADM recently led a Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable in Washington, D.C., that brought together representatives from the USDA, agribusiness, academic institutions and other key stakeholders with the goal of attracting diverse talent to ag and ag industry careers.