Feb. 20 2024 02:15 PM

The annual program is committed to helping FFA chapters nationwide

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Veterinarians and animal health distributors continue to show support to the next generation of agriculture through the Zoetis Industry Support Program. From Feb. 1 through April 30, 2024, customers may designate a portion of sales from eligible Zoetis Cattle and Equine products to their local FFA chapters. Last year, more than $375,000 was donated to 1,175 FFA chapters with over 25,000 students benefiting from the contributions.

Christy Schuler

FFA chapters use the program funds in a variety of ways from helping to defray travel and event costs to funding community projects and scholarships. Christy Schuler, an FFA advisor in Bridgeport, Nebraska, used funds to purchase FFA jackets for new student members. “It’s a special way to welcome members into the chapter and show them the opportunities that they have in FFA and agriculture. They will make so many memories wearing those jackets.”

“As an organization, we are committed to supporting the next generation of agriculture and recognize the vital role that FFA plays in shaping tomorrow’s leaders,” said Jared Shriver, Senior Vice President, Head of Livestock, Equine and Platinum Performance at Zoetis. “The Industry Support Program provides our customers a unique way to support this mission in their own backyard. We’re proud to have continued this program with the National FFA Foundation and our customers for over 15 years.”

Schuler echoed the importance of community engagement and support. “The community is what built the [FFA] program and the community is what keeps it going.”

“These contributions make it possible for FFA to provide teachers and advisors with resources that have a lasting impact,” added Lori Randle, Senior Regional Director of the National FFA Foundation. “The Industry Support Program is a great example of building support for local FFA chapters and supporting the next generation of leaders in agriculture.”

The 2024 Industry Support Program started Feb. 1, 2024, and will conclude April 30, 2024. Zoetis customers have until May 5, 2024, 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.

About Zoetis

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 $8.5 billion in 2023 with approximately 14,100 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetis.com.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 945,000 student members as part of 9,163 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. A separately registered nonprofit organization, the foundation is governed by a board of trustees that includes the national FFA president, educators, business leaders and individual donors. For more, visit www.FFA.org/Give.