IFEEDER and FFA to Forge Initiatives to Promote Awareness of Ag, Animal Food Industry

October 15, 2019

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The MOU between IFEEDER and the National FFA Organization will create new opportunities for agricultural education in the animal food industry. From top-left: Joel G. Newman, AFIA's president and CEO; Tim Belstra, AFIA's Board chair; Bruce Crutcher, IFEEDER's Board chair; Constance Cullman, AFIA's president and CEO-elect; Mark Poeschl, FFA's CEO; and Rob Cooper, IFEEDER's executive director.

The Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) and the National FFA Organization (FFA) have established a partnership to cooperate on agricultural education programs in the area of animal food production. Signed this week, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) will forge new initiatives to promote awareness of the agricultural industry, as well as the animal food industry.

“FFA is truly a leader working with the next generation of employees and preparing them for careers in agriculture,” said Bruce Crutcher, chair of the IFEEDER Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to work with them to provide educational opportunities to their members on careers in the animal food industry.”

FFA and IFEEDER will collaborate on programs to extend the reach, access and efficiency of efforts to educate and inform young people about the animal food industry. IFEEDER will coordinate with FFA on existing and new cooperative curriculum as a resource to agricultural education instructors in the area of the animal food industry.

Mark Poeschl, FFA's CEO (left), and Rob Cooper, IFEEDER's executive director (right), signing the MOU.

"As FFA continues to provide the world’s next generation of leaders, we believe this partnership is an ideal opportunity for our students to learn more about the animal food industry,” said Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization. “We are honored to work with IFEEDER on these future endeavors.”

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