This year acknowledges the 41st year that the three independent Farm Credit Services associations in North Dakota have donated FFA Handbooks to agricultural students in area schools. This year, Farm Credit Services of Mandan will deliver over 500 FFA handbooks to 24 high schools in southwest and south central North Dakota.

“The FFA handbooks are a symbol of our commitment to the youth in our community.  It also lets the students know that their local Farm Credit is here to support their ag education year after year,” said Kenny Bahm, Loan Officer for the FCS Mandan branch.  Kenny is also an FFA Alumni who helped coordinate the handbook order and coaches the Mandan FFA Farm Business Management Team. 

Approximately eighty high school agriculture education programs in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota will receive over 3,000 of the student handbooks for the start of the 2017/2018 school year donated by the Farm Credit Services Associations in North Dakota.

For over four decades close to 76,000 of the books have been presented to FFA-first year ‘greenhands’ to be used throughout the four-year FFA program.

Farm Credit Services is committed to helping the FFA provide excellence in the teaching and learning of agriculture and its activities in science, technology, production, processing, and related agribusiness activities as well as understand the vital and necessary role of the agricultural industry. Farm Credit Services is proud to support today’s youth who may become tomorrow’s agricultural producers and leaders.