To commemorate its 75th year of support for the National FFA Organization (FFA), the “Rooted in Farming” contest asks FFA members and alumni to share how their family’s farming heritage has driven their own passion for agriculture.
History and heritage are as engrained in agriculture as the crops farmers grow and the livestock they raise. To honor this heritage, Firestone Ag – a business owned and operated by Bridgestone Americas, Inc. – is proud to kick off 2019 National FFA Week with a contest that encourages current and former FFA members to share their family’s personal history in farming and how their involvement in FFA has helped pave the way for future generations of farmers. The “Rooted in Farming” contest is a way to recognize the importance of FFA in building generations of farming families and to celebrate the 75th year that Firestone Ag has supported the organization.
“At Firestone Ag, we understand families drive farming in America,” says Steve Sutherland, Vice President of Marketing, Commercial Group, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). “We want to give FFA members an opportunity to share their stories about how family, and the FFA experience, has shaped their individual lives in agriculture.”
The contest starts on February 16 – the first day of 2019 National FFA Week – and runs through February 28. It is open to current FFA members 16 years of age and older, alumni, and teachers and/or advisors. Interested members can submit their entry through the website. One winning entry will receive a set of Firestone Ag tires (up to a $2,500 value) for his or her tractor. Three runners-up will each be awarded a $500 gift card towards Firestone Ag products. For every qualifying submission received, Firestone Ag will contribute $75 (up to $100,000 total) to the National FFA Foundation.
Each submission must include contact information and proof of age, FFA chapter/alumni designation along with a written entry (500 words maximum) showcasing their involvement with FFA and the influence of their family to continually improve their farm and pave the way for future generations of farmers. Photos supporting each submission can also be uploaded to the site (optional). Entrants must agree to have a video story created in the event they are the winner or a runner-up. These videos could be shared through either Firestone or FFA communications.
Firestone Ag and Bridgestone Americas recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Harvey Firestone, which makes the timing of the Rooted in Farming contest even more relevant.
“Harvey was a fourth-generation farmer who was passionate about agriculture and the value of education,” says Sutherland, who serves as Firestone Ag’s delegate to the FFA Sponsor’s Board. “Harvey’s family legacy was extended to his son, Leonard Firestone, who served as the first chairman of FFA’s corporate governance board. I’m personally very proud to have the opportunity to follow in these footsteps, and Firestone Ag is committed to continuing to support FFA in the valuable role it plays in shaping future agricultural leaders.”