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FFA Day at CHS celebrates ag leaders

National FFA Organization

Mar 12, 2018
During FFA Day at CHS, employees got a firsthand look at the impact of the Foundation’s multi-year commitment to building tomorrow’s ag leadership. 

FFA CEO Mark Poeschl was joined by National FFA officers Breanna Holbert and Gracie Furnish to highlight how FFA has changed their lives and taught them invaluable skills such as leadership, public speaking and engagement. 

They’re lessons FFA alumni who work at CHS understand well. 

“I didn’t know it then, but FFA taught me many life lessons,” shared Tara Bernard, agronomy operations, CHS Elburn. “I feel so content knowing that young people around the country are still learning these lessons today, because of the FFA.  I think we have a bright future in agriculture with the future leaders the FFA is cultivating today.” 

CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin joined Poeschl on the panel to talk about the need for leadership in ag. Companies need to engage with tomorrow’s leaders to understand what it means to be an employer of choice, Debertin said. Click here to watch the Premier Leadership Panel recording.

In addition to sharing their stories, employees participated in an FFA quiz, wore their FFA gear to work and even enjoyed some FFA themed-cuisine.  Click here to see photos. 

“On behalf of 653,000 FFA members, I want you to know you’re making a difference in the lives of students and the learning going on in classrooms around the country,” said Poeschl. “You are a significant partner, but it is also critically important young people understand how the cooperative model works. It is important they know and understand when they do business with cooperatives they are supporting ag.” 

To learn more about the CHS Foundation’s partnership with National FFA and other efforts that develop ag leaders for life, visit