Agtegra Cooperative Donates to North Dakota and South Dakota 4-H and FFA Programs

Apr 21, 2023


As part of the company’s agricultural education impact strategy, Agtegra Cooperative has announced donations to 66 4-H and FFA programs in North Dakota and South Dakota this year. Made possible by a match program, the Land O’Lakes Foundation has doubled each of Agtegra’s donations to generate a greater impact on each program it benefits.
 
“Our youth are the future of our industry,” said Agtegra CEO Jason Klootwyk. “We are proud to support organizations like 4-H and FFA and the educational opportunities they provide students in their schools and counties.”
Agtegra supports 4-H and FFA because of the cooperative’s mission to enhance agricultural education throughout its trade territory. Both programs place an emphasis on developing youth’s skills in areas of leadership and agricultural education through a hands-on approach. As an agricultural cooperative rooted in rural communities, supporting these programs also means providing future workforce development for the industry.
 
Klootwyk notes how his involvement in 4-H shaped the foundation of his career path.
 
“4-H was where I gained my first leadership experience as an officer and then as president of my club. I gained valuable experience in planning, speaking, keeping records, and holding myself and others accountable. There were also tremendous activities and opportunities for fellowship and friendship. All those experiences played a big part in my path in agriculture as I grew up,” said Klootwyk.
 
Every 4-H program and FFA program has different needs and resource availability, which is why this form of funding enables each program to select where the funds will generate the most impact.

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