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Just in time for National FFA Week, Zoetis is excited to formally announce the 2022 results of the Zoetis Industry Support Program. More than $371,930 was donated to FFA chapters nationwide with about 36,500 students benefiting from the contributions. Veterinarians and animal health dealers and distributors make the Industry Support Program possible each year by designating a portion of sales from eligible Zoetis Cattle and Equine products to their local FFA chapters.
“We’re proud to support the National FFA Foundation and its impactful mission through sponsorship of Career Development Events and Supervised Agriculture Experiences and this program each year,” said Jared Shriver, senior vice president of U.S. Cattle and Pork, Zoetis. “The Industry Support Program allows us to reach FFA chapters at a local level and helps ensure that all students can benefit from the leadership and learning opportunities that come with the FFA experience. We’ve partnered with local veterinarians to give back to students for over 15 years now and are excited to continue to do so.”
A survey conducted by the National FFA Foundation revealed how the program funds were used. Whether it be scholarship funding or travel expenses, FFA chapters have used these contributions to further advance opportunities for their students. “We used Zoetis funds to allow all students to participate in FFA activities, regardless of their background or ability to pay their share,” said one surveyed FFA chapter advisor.
- Travel and Events: For many FFA chapters, these funds have been used to help students cover costs to attend the National FFA convention, competitions, or other conferences. One FFA chapter used its funds to help their state champion veterinary science CDE team attend a workshop through Texas A&M University.
- Classroom Programs: Funds have also been used to purchase resources that enhance students’ agricultural education in the classroom. An FFA chapter utilized the funds to help maintain and implement new practices in raising livestock on their school farm.
- Scholarship Funding: Funding has allowed chapters to support students’ career paths in agriculture. Several FFA chapters have awarded scholarships and resources for Supervised Agriculture Experiences for those interested in working with animals.
“The support and partnership of Zoetis have been instrumental in helping FFA build the next generation of leaders while building the agriculture talent pipeline, shared Lori Randle, senior regional director, National FFA Foundation. “Their contributions make it possible for FFA to provide resources to our teachers that they may use to have a lasting impact on more than 850,000 FFA members.”
The 2023 Zoetis Industry Support Program started February 1, 2023 and will conclude April 30. Zoetis customers have until May 5, 2023, to enroll and designate their preferred FFA chapters. To learn more about the program and how to contribute, please contact your local Zoetis representative or visit ZoetisUS.com/IndustrySupport.
As the world’s leading animal health company, Zoetis is driven by a singular purpose: to nurture our world and humankind by advancing care for animals. After innovating ways to predict, prevent, detect, and treat animal illness for more than 70 years, Zoetis continues to stand by those raising and caring for animals worldwide - from veterinarians and pet owners to livestock farmers and ranchers. The company’s leading portfolio and pipeline of medicines, vaccines, diagnostics, and technologies make a difference in over 100 countries. A Fortune 500 company, Zoetis generated revenue of $8.1 billion in 2022 with approximately 13,800 employees. For more, visit www.zoetis.com.