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FFA fundraiser begins

Farm supply retailer Southern States Cooperative kicked off its annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) fundraiser Wednesday in an effort to support agricultural education.

The annual “FFA Paper Emblem” campaign benefits the National FFA organization’s local, state and national levels to provide funding to the youth organization that prepares students for leadership roles, personal growth and career success in agriculture, according to a press release.

“The community is encouraged to purchase a $1 ‘I’m Supporting FFA’ paper emblem at their local Southern States to support the cause,” officials said in a press release.

“Every dollar collected will benefit FFA members across the area,” said Jeff Stroburg, president and CEO of Southern States. “Southern States has a rich heritage of working with FFA and hopes the public will assist with the project by supporting the effort.”

Those who donate can sign their name to the emblem or the name of a child or loved one that they care about.

The fundraiser runs through March at participating Southern States Cooperative locations.