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Leadership. Tradition. True Blue.

JUNE 2018



Make It Count

Nothing brings home memories of my experience as an FFA member more than the State Convention. With this year’s convention in the rearview mirror, it reminds me that the great thing about FFA is that the impact and experiences it provides are universal. While I may have grown up in a different state, (a proud member of the Stoney Point FFA Chapter in Farragut, Iowa) the lessons FFA provides know no boundaries. As a senior I had the opportunity to compete in the Job Interview Leadership Development Event. I even made it to state. What a great opportunity! Unfortunately, that was the good news. The bad news was that I did terrible during the event. But in that moment of defeat, FFA gave me one of life’s best lessons. Failure is only failure, if you don’t learn from it. That experience taught me the importance of resiliency, preparation, and to not take things for granted. It’s a lesson that’s served me well over the last 30 years. Thank you FFA! That’s why I’m so passionate about the work of the Nebraska FFA Foundation. There were nearly 5,000 FFA members at Nebraska FFA State Convention this year. The Nebraska FFA Foundation significantly invests in these students’ experiences at convention, whether they participated in a Leadership Development Event, like I did, received their state degree, or participated in the new Learning to Serve meal packaging project. These experiences, like mine, will stay with them for a lifetime and help strengthen agriculture for the future.

As I continue my career in agriculture, it’s clear there is a growing need for more employees with experience in agriculture, food and natural resources. I know my support and time volunteering with the Nebraska FFA Foundation is one way that I can continue to help address that need for future employees and I’m grateful for you, for continuing to grow support for this great organization. Together, we can make great strides to feed the world’s growing population and meet the needs of our workforce. Thank you for supporting the efforts of the Nebraska FFA Foundation as we grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.

Craig Head President, Board of Directors Nebraska FFA Foundation



Record-breaking I Believe in the Future of Ag Program Results Last August, 18 corporate sponsors challenged Nebraska’s FFA members to raise $300,000 at the local level. The results are in and Nebraska’s FFA chapters rose to the challenge by raising over $343,000.


The Omaha Bryan FFA Advisor Tyler Schindler said, “Each grade level would be in charge of different aspects of the system.” They are still trying to decide where to put the hives, but plan to name the hive complex in memory of the donor.

The I Believe in the Future of Ag campaign educates the public on the importance of agricultural education in Nebraska’s schools through an educational marketing campaign and serves as a fundraising campaign to grow the capacity of Nebraska FFA at both the state and local levels.

Anyone can donate to their local FFA chapter through the I Believe program, and can also make in memory donations like the donation to Omaha Bryan FFA. Contact your local FFA advisor or visit to learn more.

Eighteen corporate partners participated in the 2017-18 campaign providing funds to develop the campaign, fund the educational marketing piece and provide $35,000 in matching funds for Nebraska’s FFA chapters.

The 2018-19 I Believe in the Future of Ag Campaign will kick off in August. Contact your local FFA Chapter for more details.

“The beauty of this campaign is that it gives a local FFA advisor the opportunity to ask for a tax-deductible donation to do things they couldn’t otherwise afford. It also helps them develop a group of community supporters,” says Stacey Agnew, Executive Director of the Nebraska FFA Foundation. “We’re seeing some really unique initiatives in our FFA chapters.” The Omaha Bryan FFA chapter received a donation in memory of a past FFA member this year through I Believe that is going to make a great impact on their FFA program. The chapter plans to buy 15-20 bee hives to provide students with a Supervised Agricultural



Anderson Recognized for Support to Aurora Community and School

The Nebraska FFA Foundation presented Mr. Dana Anderson, Aurora FFA advisor, with the 2018 Gary Scharf Helping Hand Award at the Nebraska FFA Convention on April 5.

Anderson was nominated for the award with support by colleagues, past students, parents and school administration. Barb Bonifas, whom nominated Anderson shared an example following the death of a student and FFA member in a motor vehicle accident. “While Mr. Anderson was grieving himself, he made sure that his students were taken care of. Mr. Anderson spent many hours meeting with students celebrating this student’s life as well as modeling how to walk through grief. He took his students under his care and loved them through a very hard time in their lives.”

The annual award is named for Gary Scharf, who was a victim of an Omaha mall shooting in December 2007. Scharf grew up on a family farm outside of Curtis, Nebraska and worked in the agricultural chemical industry. He made a significant contribution to Nebraska’s agricultural and FFA community through his years of service on the Nebraska FFA Foundation Board, including a year as Board President in 2002-2003.


Congratulations Award Winners

Almost 100 awards are given out at state convention each year for events ranging from the Agronomy Career Development Event to the Senior Public Speaking Leadership Development Event.

We are so proud of Nebraska’s agricultural education students who put in the hard work to prepare for state convention and are very grateful for the many sponsors who contributed to make these award programs a possibility.

Environmental Science & Natural Resources Management Proficiency finalists with Ray and Jolene Ward who endowed this award.

For comprehensive results of state convention, go to


$10,000 Awarded Through Local Chapter Grant Program

Red Cloud, Johnson-Brock, Randolph, Holdrege and Mead FFA chapters received funds through the grant program in 2017-18, it’s first year. Up to $10,000 per grant will be awarded through the program this year. Applications are due by June 30 and can be found on the Foundation website. Learn about the 2017-18 Local Chapter Grant recipients’ projects through our video series this summer at 3


Four FFA Members Awarded Badertscher Grant Braden Badertscher “Power Your Potential” Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grants were awarded during state convention by Tony and Jane Badertscher. The goal of the SAE grants are to start or expand an entrepreneurship SAE in the area of power, structure and technical systems. Wyatt Olsen from the Rock County FFA chapter received a $500 grant and plans to use the funds to market his repaired antique tools.

Treaven Scheideler from the Ord FFA chapter received a $500 grant and plans to use the funds to purchase parts for his current tractor that he is restoring.

Shenee Levin from the Ashland-Greenwood FFA chapter received a $250 grant to use towards her custom air boats and trailers. She plans to use the funds to buy metals to build the trailers.

Shane Fessler from the McCool Junction FFA chapter received a $250 grant to purchase tools to be used to refurbish his John Deere 1942 B. The award, sponsored by the Braden Badertscher “Power Your Potential” endowment, is in memory of Braden Badertscher, the 2013 winner of the Ag Mechanics Repair and MaintenanceEntrepreneurship Proficiency Award.


Nebraska State Officers Announced

State President: Amanda Most, Ogallala FFA; State Secretary: Grady Johnson, Holdrege FFA

State Vice Presidents: Brooke Bell, David City FFA, Brytany Gama, Omaha Bryan FFA, Marie Meis, Elgin FFA, Halie Andreasen, Boone Central FFA and Jordan Popp, Broken Bow FFA

Save the Date September 12, 2018 April 3-5, 2019

Nebraska FFA Tire Auction | Husker Harvest Days, Grand Island, NE Nebraska FFA State Convention | Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE



Nebraska FFA Members Learn to Serve by Packing Meals Nebraska FFA members and Union Bank & Trust (UBT) volunteers spent the morning of April 6 packing 50,000 meals for local food banks. The event, held during the 90th Nebraska FFA State Convention, gave members the opportunity to learn more about serving their communities. The 360 FFA members packed macaroni and cheese for the Food Bank of Lincoln, which serves southeast Nebraska, and Food Bank for the Heartland, which serves greater Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

UBT served as the True Blue title partner for this program. Glenn Baumert, First Vice President, Ag Loans, said, “we were honored to partner with the Nebraska FFA Foundation to host an event that added value to the Nebraska FFA State Convention. It was an event that promoted service to our youth and gave back to those in need right here in our state. It was very gratifying to see the enthusiasm and passion displayed by the FFA students.�

View the work of the FFA members service learning project with the UBT highlight video on Facebook and Twitter, @neffafoundation.


Case and Milstead Honored at Convention Perry Case (pictured left) and Jim Milstead (pictured right) were honored at the 90th Nebraska FFA State Convention for their commitment to supporting Nebraska FFA. In 2016, the Case Family Foundation established an endowment in honor of Jim Milstead called the Milstead Leadership Development Endowment. This endowment fund primarily supports new FFA chapters, SAEs, school-based enterprises, teacher professional development and recruitment and retention. 5


Thank You For Supporting Nebraska’s Youth These companies have partnered with Nebraska FFA and the Nebraska FFA Foundation by donating at least $5,000. Thank you for your support of programs that develop Nebraska’s agriculture youth. Premier Sponsors ($25,000 or more)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources & Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

6-Star Sponsors ($15,000 - $24,999)

5-Star Sponsors ($10,000 - $14,999) Livestock

Marketing · Credit · Commodities

4-Star Sponsors ($5,000 - $9,999) The Leroy Thom, Jean Thom, and T L Foundation Inc Ag Processing Inc. Heartland Ag Nebraska Corn Nebraska Alumni Council Reinke Agri-Services Agency LLC BASF

Crop Production Services Dultmeir Sales Extreme Ag Inc. Green Plains Inc. Heartland Tank LLC Helena John Deere Corporate Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau


Midwest PMS/Biegert Feed Mycogen Seeds Nationwide Agribusiness Nebraska Beef Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation Simplot US Army ROTC


1992-93 Nebraska FFA State Officer Team

Pictured from the 1992-93 State Officer Team are (left to right): Dean Acheson, Lana Hoffschneider, Dawn Feely, Kelly Neal, Scott Keetle, Kevin Anderson, Lee Nelson and John Simonsen. Craig Erdman was not present.


2017-18 Nebraska FFA Foundation Board

Craig Head, President Nebraska Farm Bureau Kyla Habrock, Vice President Nebraska Pork Producers Association Jill Goedeken, Secretary Represents the Nebraska FFA Alumni Association Shane Belohrad, Treasurer Gallagher Grace/Mayer Vernon Benes Beck Ag Tim Boender Croplan by Winfield United Kim Fehringer USDA Andrea Collins Kris Spath Waverly Public School Represents the Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association Jack Nemec Retired Jeff Rudolph Hi-Gain Feedlot Justin Troudt Orthman Manufacturing Tom Volk DEKALB & Asgrow Jennifer Wood BASF Lance Atwater KDA Farms Inc. Krystl Knabe Nebraska FFA Association Represents Nebraska FFA Association Matt Kreifels Nebraska Department of Education & University of Nebraska–Lincoln Represents Nebraska FFA Association Stacey Agnew, Ex-officio Executive Director Nebraska FFA Foundation


Your Support

There are many ways to support the Nebraska FFA Foundation. Visit to learn how you can help Nebraska FFA Foundation enhance quality education/FFA programs to achieve excellence in leadership development, curriculum innovation and scholastic advancement of students. - Leadership Gifts - General Fund

- Blue & Gold Society

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PO Box 94942 Lincoln, NE 68509-4942 (402) 472-5224


WHAT YOU’LL FIND INSIDE 2 Record-breaking I Believe in the Future of Ag Results



2017-18 Helping Hand Award Presented

State Convention Service Learning Project

Nebraska FFA Foundation June 2018 Newsletter  
Nebraska FFA Foundation June 2018 Newsletter