Turn the Bag Blue & Gold Program Helps FFA Students
Mycogen Seeds partners with National FFA Organization, local chapters for agronomic training and fundraising

Wednesday, October, 25, 2017 8:00 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS — How can a seed bag help FFA students raise funds and learn? Mycogen Seeds is partnering with the National FFA Organization, local chapters and select retailers to promote a 60th anniversary edition, blue-and-gold Mycogen Seeds bag.

Mycogen’s Turn the Bag Blue & Gold program will work with select retailers and local FFA chapters in corn-growing regions to implement a comprehensive learning program that provides foundational agronomic principles and professional selling training. Chapter members will apply the training in the field by selling special blue-and-gold bags of select Mycogen® brand corn hybrids to local farmers as part of a fundraising program. 

“We’re excited about this opportunity — not only the fundraising opportunities it offers local chapters but also the career and educational development these young leaders will receive as part of the program,” says Zach Ferguson, Mycogen Seeds corn product manager. “To top things off, farmers will receive seed in an FFA blue-and-gold Mycogen Seeds bag.”

Students will hit the field this fall
Chapter members will begin the curriculum this fall and, throughout the next few months, will work with local Mycogen sales, agronomy and retailer teams to call on local corn farmers to position and sell select Mycogen® brand corn hybrids. For every bag of corn sold, the local chapter will earn funds for their local chapter.

Mycogen is piloting the program with seven retailers and FFA chapters. To learn more, visit Mycogen.com or contact your local Mycogen Seeds sales representative or retailer.

Farmers interested in supporting the program and their local FFA chapter can contact one of the following participants or Mycogen retailers.

  • Aurora FFA Chapter, Aurora, Nebraska
    • Aurora Cooperative, Aurora, Nebraska
  • York FFA Chapter, York, Nebraska
    • Central Valley Ag Cooperative, York, Nebraska
  • North Shelby FFA Chapter, Shelbyville, Missouri
    • Vortex Seeds, Leonard, Missouri
  • Centralia FFA Chapter, Centralia, Missouri
    • MFA Incorporated, Centralia, Missouri
  • Bureau Valley FFA Chapter, Manlius, Illinois
    • CPS, Sheffield, Illinois
  • South Newton FFA Chapter, Kentland, Indiana
    • Ceres Solutions, Rensselaer, Indiana
  • Eastern Hancock FFA Chapter, Charlottesville, Indiana
    • Harvestland, Wilkinson, Indiana

“We look forward to our first year in this program,” Ferguson says. “FFA members are a driven group of young leaders with high aspirations of a future career in agriculture. We’re a proud sponsor of the National FFA Organization and excited to celebrate 60 years of sponsorship with the Turn the Bag Blue & Gold program. We hope it inspires FFA members and showcases the exciting opportunities available in the agricultural industry.”

About Mycogen Seeds
Mycogen Seeds offers leading genetics in corn, soybeans, silage corn, sunflowers and canola. A seed company of Dow AgroSciences LLC, Mycogen Seeds maintains a robust global research and development program to bring growers high-performance genetics with the latest trait technologies. Mycogen Seeds is committed to helping growers be better acre after acre with dependable seed, smart ideas and hard work. For more information about Mycogen® brand products, visit Mycogen.com or follow Mycogen Seeds on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Dow AgroSciences
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About DowDuPont Agriculture Division
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Contacts:
Erika Poppelreiter
Bader Rutter
785-458-2953
epoppelreiter@bader-rutter.com

Darla Huff
Mycogen Seeds
317-337-5105
dbhuff@dow.com


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