Farmland Partners With the National FFA Organization to Help Support Local Farming

Heartland-based Brand Supports Agricultural Education with Every Purchase

 

Source: Smithfield Foods

via Nasdaq/GlobeNewswire - August 10, 2017

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Farmland, a leading brand of bacon, sausage, and ham, is proud to partner with the National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, to support the future of agriculture. With every Farmland item purchased now through September 30, Farmland will donate $0.10 to FFA, up to $75,000. These donations will help FFA continue to further its mission of making a positive difference in the lives of students and shine a light on the agricultural industry.

 

“Since 1959, Farmland has been partnering with local American farmers to provide our loyal consumers with food they can trust and feel good about serving to their families. We are honored to partner with FFA to continue inspiring America’s future farmers to produce quality foods and raise awareness of the importance of agricultural education,” said Megan Thomas, senior brand manager for the Farmland brand at Smithfield Foods.

 

In addition to the donation, Farmland will provide grants to four Midwestern FFA chapters later this year, providing financial support to high school students working on animal care projects. On Oct. 25- 28, Farmland will be a sponsor of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The convention, which is one of the largest annual student conventions in the world, will host nearly 64,000 FFA members, vendors and guests from across the country.

 

“We’re thrilled to work with brands like Farmland that share our dedication and passion for the farming community. Our goal is to develop students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education, and we couldn’t do this without the support of our partners,” said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Participating Farmland products include everything from Farmland bacon and breakfast sausage to boneless ham and lunch meats. For more information on Farmland, and how to donate, please visit FarmlandFoods.com, Facebook.com/FarmlandFoods or @FarmlandFoods. Farmland is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

 

About Farmland

Founded in 1959, Farmland is a maker of high-quality, popular consumer goods such as bacon and sausage, and serves retail and foodservice customers. To learn more about Farmland, please visit www.FarmlandFoods.com. Farmland is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

 

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

 

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. 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 FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

 

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 agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

 

Media Contacts:

 

Hunter PR for Farmland

Morgan Calef

(212) 679-6600

mcalef@hunterpr.com

 

National FFA Organization

Kristy Meyer

Marketing and Communications

National FFA Organization

KMeyer@FFA.org

800-293-2387

 

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