Monsanto is providing more than $850,000 in funding to the National FFA Organization in 2012 to support national student leadership conferences, educational awards, awareness campaigns and more.

The majority of Monsanto’s financial support of FFA in 2012 is behind the FFA Chapter Challenge, a competition among FFA chapters in 12 states to build relationships with local farmers that ended in March. More than 840 FFA chapters participated.

The other two biggest sponsorships by Monsanto are two national leadership conferences staged by FFA. The annual Washington Leadership Conference spans seven weeks during the summer and draws thousands of students from throughout the country to Washington, D.C., who learn leadership skills and perform community service. The three-day National Leadership Conference for state officers is a summertime conference during which FFA officers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands learn advanced interpersonal communication strategies and presentation delivery techniques.

The sponsorships don’t stop with the three mentioned programs as Monsanto money is used is various other ways. Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation praised Monsanto.

He said, “The company is a global force in the agricultural industry and with Monsanto’s support, we can continue to grow and enhance our programs focused on students’ premier leadership, personal growth and career success.”