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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Sleepy Eye FFA trip to Kentucky powered by local Biodiesel

  • Young adults from Sleepy Eye High School recently participated in one of the nation’s largest youth events with a little help from the Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers.
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  • Young adults from Sleepy Eye High School recently participated in one of the nation’s largest youth events with a little help from the Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers.
     
    This year, more than 60,000 students, teachers and guests attended the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky. The gathering, held Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, is the nation’s largest youth organization convention and brings together FFA members from across the U.S. participating in competitive events, educational tours, career and leadership workshops, a career and educational expo and volunteer activities.
     
    “We had an excellent group of students attending this year’s convention with many of them participating in several competitions,” said Sleepy Eye FFA advisor and teacher Mary Hoffmann. “During the convention, two chapter members were recognized as National Proficiency Finalists: Jessica Busch for Agricultural Communications and Brandon Roiger for Home/Community Development. Josie Schieffert competed in the National Creed Speaking Event and the Sleepy Eye Chapter was once again acknowledged as a 3 Star National Chapter. We also had a team compete in the National Poultry and Quiz Bowl Contests, as well as seven students receive their American FFA Degrees.”
    With many of its members being past FFA members and supporters of agricultural education, the Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers Association donated biodiesel to fuel the group’s trip to Kentucky.
     
    Minnesota ranks third in soybean production and is recognized as a leader in renewable energy and the promotion of biodiesel, also known as B5. Biodiesel, made primarily from the oil of Minnesota-grown soybeans, has been successfully added to every gallon of diesel sold in the state.
     
    “Donating biodiesel to support our FFA members attending the convention serves two purposes – we support our local high school, while at the same time promote a product grown right here in our own backyard. It just made sense,” chair John Maas said.
     
    The Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers Association is affiliated with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), a non-profit organization controlled by a board of elected soybean producers from across the state which directs the investments of the state’s soybean checkoff dollars into programs designed to increase the profitability of Minnesota’s soybean farmers.
     
    For more information on biodiesel or the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, call 888-896-9678 or visit www.mnsoybean.org.
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