Brodbeck Seeds Awards Donations to Support FFA Initiatives: Fort Wayne Farm Show Attendees Share Their Winnings

Posted on Monday, March 26th, 2012

Wabash, Ind. (March 26, 2012) — Farmers were not the only winners at the 22nd annual Fort Wayne Farm Show. Local youth studying agriculture will also benefit from the annual event. Six farmers were each selected to direct a $250 donation from Brodbeck Seeds to the FFA chapter of their choice, benefitting FFA chapters in their communities.

The following farmers were each selected to direct the Brodbeck Seeds donations:

David Zolvinski, LaPorte, IN—Michigan City FFA
Shawn Krull, Milford, IN—Wawasee High School FFA
Curtis Sherman, LaGrange, IN—Lakeland High School FFA
Robert Rudell, Berrien Springs, MI —Countryside Academy FFA of Benton Harbor
Karl Arnett, Jackson Center, OH—Jackson Center FFA
Leon Panning, Napoleon, OH—Liberty Center FFA

Along with the $250 donation to Countryside Academy FFA of Benton Harbor from Brodbeck Seeds, Robert Rudell, owner of Rudell Farms, presented the Countryside Academy FFA of Benton Harbor with a matching donation. The $500 total gift will provide financial support to help the chapter attend the state FFA convention later this year.

Brodbeck Seeds General Manager Jim Engelberth said that farmers play an important role in preparing the next generation of agricultural leaders for the challenges of 21st century farming. “As the world strives to feed 9 billion people by 2050, agriculture will demand more innovation to feed a growing population. The farmers who support FFA provide valuable leadership and expertise to the next generation of farmers,” Engelberth said.