Participating FFA chapters in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama will compete through May 1 for their share of more than $225,000 in incentives provided by Monsanto in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge.
The challenge being issued to FFA chapters to work with local farmers to have them vote for their chapter online at www.FFAChapterChallenge.com .
The top 125 FFA chapters that get the most votes will each receive a $1,500 certificate of credit from the National FFA Organization that can be used to fund FFA activities, buy FFA merchandise and help pay costs for members to attend the National FFA Organization's annual Washington Leadership Conference and national FFA convention.
Overall, the top vote-getting chapter will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip for six FFA members and one adult advisor to October's 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
In addition, each state FFA association eligible to participate in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge will receive $1,500 cash to help fund FFA activities.
Winners will be announced online by May 15. More than 1,700 FFA chapters and their combined 117,824 FFA members can compete in the 2011 FFA Chapter Challenge. Only FFA chapters in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia and Alabama are eligible to participate this year.