LUBBOCK, Texas – Bayer CropScience donated $25,000 of Certified FiberMax Cotton® bath towel sets to Southwest FFA chapters – on behalf of FiberMax® One Ton Club™ growers – in its continued support of education initiatives in agriculture. The local FFA chapters will sell these towel sets as a fundraiser to support club activities and raise awareness of the importance of cotton farmers to local economies.
More than 1,000 towel sets were on display at the FiberMax One Ton Club banquet last month in Lubbock, Texas, representing the amount of textile product that can be made with 2,000 pounds of cotton. The FiberMax One Ton Club recognizes farmers who produce 2,000 pounds or more of lint cotton per acre on at least 20 acres using FiberMax cotton. The inductees designated their local FFA chapters to benefit from the donation.
According to Jeff Brehmer, U.S. marketing manager for FiberMax cotton, the donation benefits local FFA chapters and honors FiberMax One Ton Club members, who overcame adversity to produce four-bale yields during one of the worst droughts on record in the Southwest.
“As a past member and former FFA advisor, I know the hard work and dedication that these students put into their competitions and contests,” Brehmer said. “Bayer CropScience understands the importance of investing in the future of agriculture through our local schools and communities. This donation is a great way to honor some of the premier cotton growers in the Southwest while supporting students with a love for agriculture.”
Several Texas FFA state officers and members attended the One Ton Club banquet to accept the donation on behalf of the FFA organization. Texas FFA state officers and Texas Tech students Krysti Kelley and Kelly Neuman attended the banquet with Cotton Center FFA members Cassie Burnett, Macie Burnett and Hallye Nichols. Cotton Center agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor David Howell also attended the banquet.
Kelley, state vice-president for Texas FFA District 10, which includes the Lubbock area, said the One Ton Club banquet was a great experience for the FFA members who attended, and the towel donations made the night even more exciting.
“Local FFA chapters will use these towel sets to raise funds for their chapters to support their participation in conventions, camps and contests, and assisting with their project programs,” Kelley said. “During a time when school budgets are tight across the nation, this donation by Bayer CropScience on behalf of FiberMax One Ton Club growers helps FFA members remain an active force in their schools and communities.”
While local FFA chapters will benefit from this specific donation, Kelley said that companies like Bayer CropScience will ultimately reap the reward from the next generation of agriculture employees.
“It‘s important to have this relationship between the FFA and Bayer CropScience because these FFA members are the future of agriculture,” Kelley said. “One of these FFA members could produce a future cotton variety for FiberMax. By investing in FFA members, Bayer CropScience is investing in the future.”