FMC becomes sole sponsor of National FFA Agriscience Research

FMC Corp. has become the sole sponsor of the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Agriscience Research - Plant Systems Proficiency Awards for 2015.

These awards recognize the achievements of high school students whose projects include both research and experimentation concerning the production of plants, animals and related processes.

"We continue to look for ways to encourage students -- our future crop growers -- now," said John Kasper, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America commercial business director. "Our expanded partnership with the National FFA Organization is one way we can spark their inquiring minds and encourage additional innovation."

All 7,665 local FFA chapters can participate in this award. In 2014, more than 200 students participated at the state and national level. The recognition includes independent studies as well as those students who may be cooperating on projects with others.

"Students must participate in a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in order to qualify for proficiency award entry. The SAE program allows agricultural students to gain valuable experience through participation in career and leadership skill-building activities. It's never too early to begin thinking about your experience selection and prepare for the award process," Kasper said.

SAE programs also involve planning and conducting scientific investigations. These investigations use the scientific method. Awards are made available to every FFA chapter across the country. Nationally, students are recognized with the FFA Agriscience Plant Systems Research Proficiency Award, which is sponsored by FMC.

Chapter-level awardees receive medals and certificates of recognition. Each state winner receives similar acknowledgement and a $250 cash award. Four national finalists each will receive a $500 cash award, and the national winner will receive the top award of $1,000.

"Practical learning by doing is accomplished from student participation in SAE programs," Glenn Sims, National FFA Foundation senior regional director, said. "We appreciate the growing support from FMC to help agricultural students across the country learn, explore undiscovered opportunities with plants and gain career success."

FMC representatives will participate in judging this year's national finalist entries and present the awards during the National FFA Convention Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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