INDIANAPOLIS -- The state of Illinois has led the nation in the use of ethanol-blended gasoline, and on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12 FFA members will be on hand in Chicago to help Chevy unveil their newest vehicle that uses the blend.

The 2007 Avalanche will be powered by E-85, a substance that is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline. Ethanol is made from corn, a renewable resource, and a crop grown in abundance in the Midwest.

Chevrolet's initiative is of great interest to FFA members, who will be key to the success of similar projects in the future.

FFA members know the importance of using their agriscience skills to develop innovative solutions to everyday problems. Finding alternative fuel sources by using natural resources is just one way students can use agriscience skills learned through their involvement with FFA. Pairing with Chevy to introduce the new truck shows the FFA members' dedication to finding new and innovative ways to succeed into today's global economy.

The 2006 Chicago Auto show, which begins on Feb. 10, is the nation's largest auto show, spanning 1.3 million square feet in the McCormick Place complex. There will be a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles, experimental and concept cars on hand.

FFA is a national youth organization of 490,017 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,210 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives 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.

SOURCE: FFA news release.