Mechanicsburg FFA in will be honored with a $3,000 prize for winning the Grand Champion first-place award in the Weeding out Hunger™ with Halex® GT FFA Video Challenge, sponsored by Syngenta. Mechanicsburg FFA competed against FFA chapters nationwide to become a finalist in the competition.
South Central High School FFA in Greenwich, Ohio, received a $500 prize for most original entry.
This is the first year Syngenta has hosted the Weeding out Hunger FFA Video Challenge. In January, National FFA chapters were invited to upload a short video through the Weeding out Hunger Facebook page describing the importance of FFA and agriculture in their community, and in providing for the food, fiber, fuel and feed needs of the nation.
After online voting and judging from a select panel including Syngenta, FFA and agricultural media representatives, Mechanicsburg FFA was chosen to receive the top prize. Students who participated in the video challenge will be rewarded with a pizza party on May 26 where Luke Lathan, local Syngenta sales representative, and Carroll Moseley, Syngenta herbicide brand manager will present the check.
South Central students who participated in the video challenge were rewarded with a pizza party where Sarah Wellman, local Syngenta sales representative, presented the check.
At Syngenta, we know how important FFA is to communities and how proud its members are to be a part of agriculture,” said David Piñon, senior communications manager, Syngenta. “With this competition, we wanted to give chapters the opportunity to use a fun and social medium like video to share their pride with others who may not fully understand agriculture and FFA.”
Today, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure, which means they have limited access to adequate food due to lack of money or other resources1. In Ohio alone, 17.1 percent of adults and 20.4 percent of children are food insecure according to Feeding America®.
It was startling statistics like these, intensified by the recession, that led Syngenta in 2010 to launch Weeding out Hunger, a hunger-relief campaign based on sales of Halex GT corn herbicide. In its first year, the campaign donated $100,898 and more than five tons of food to 78 food banks in 24 states.
Weeding out Hunger continues in 2011 with up to $100,000 being donated to local food banks in areas where Halex GT is sold. Already, more than $17,000 and two tons of non-perishable food items have been donated to food banks.