Brodbeck Seeds Donation to Benefit Norwell High School FFA
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Bluffton, IN (March 20, 2014) — Brodbeck Seeds and farmer Larry Reinhard presented the Norwell High School FFA Chapter with a $500 donation on Tuesday, March 11. The funds will help to offset expenses related to student FFA membership dues and jackets, as well as help cover the cost of awards presented at the chapter’s spring banquet.
Norwell FFA Chapter Adviser Kyle Bailey said the gift comes at an opportune time. “The economy has presented financial difficulties for some students’ families, and this gift will help offset some of the chapter funds used to continue their involvement in FFA,” he said. A graduate of Norwell High School, Bailey was a member of the school’s inaugural FFA program that started his freshman year. He teaches agricultural classes at Norwell High School, and this is his first year serving as FFA chapter adviser.
The donation originated from a Brodbeck Seeds raffle drawing held at the 2014 Fort Wayne Farm Show. The drawing has become an integral part of Brodbeck Seeds’ annual participation at the show. “We need to invest in the individuals who will bring fresh new ideas to farming. There are many industries out there competing for young workers, and FFA is a wonderful way to introduce students to the business of agriculture,” said Blare Gerber of Brodbeck ProSeller Isch Seeds.
Farmer Larry Reinhard selected the Norwell FFA to receive the donation. Reinhard has farmed for more than 40 years and said the industry needs to attract young talent. “The average age of today’s farmer is approaching 60, and we need to attract young workers. FFA is a great program to develop ag leaders,” he added. Looking back at his years of farming, Reinhard said some of the biggest advancements in agriculture have come in the form of technology, particularly new innovations in seed.