PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis., Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- There are already 649,355 reasons to celebrate National FFA Week, but Culver's is adding one more. Today, Culver's kicked off its third annual FFA Essay Contest to award three winners the funds to send their FFA chapters to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28, 2017.
The essay contest asks FFA members to submit an essay in response to the following questions: As a future ag leader, what do you want people to know about the agricultural industry? How will you help to educate them on this subject? Culver's will award prizes for the top three essays, providing winners with $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively. To submit their essays, FFA members should visit Culvers.com/essaycontest. The contest ends March 31, 2017, at 5 p.m. CST.
"We're excited to continue to hear firsthand from such passionate and knowledgeable students about the topics that are important to them," said Jessie Corning, senior marketing manager for Culver's. "With the FFA Essay Contest, more FFA members have a chance to attend the convention and immerse themselves in the agricultural community."
Annually, more than 60,000 FFA members attend the conference, which provides opportunities for members nationwide to unite and celebrate their collective accomplishments while learning about some of the 235 unique careers that exist in the industry of agriculture. One of last year's winners, Hannah S., shared her chapter's experience at the convention here.
National FFA Week runs from Feb. 18-25, 2017, and is an opportunity for FFA members and friends to advocate for agricultural education and share the positive impact that FFA has on its 649,355 members in 7,757 local chapters across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Culver's essay contest is part of the restaurant's Thank You Farmers program, which recognizes the hard work of the nation's farmers and helps ensure the future of the next generation of agricultural leaders. To date, the Thank You Farmers initiative has raised over one million dollars in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations.
For over 30 years, Culver's guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers over 600 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants' nationally recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen, beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook, www.twitter.com/culvers, www.gplus.to/culvers or www.instagram.com/culvers
About the National FFA Organization:
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.