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Dow AgroSciences Hosts 7,000th FFA Member on R&D Tour

Company continues to demonstrate commitment to careers in agricultural and STEM fields

Friday, October 26, 2012 8:03 am EDT

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Indianapolis
"Our members are developing skills through educational and real-world experiences that will ideally position them to pursue one of more than 300 careers in agriculture."

INDIANAPOLIS –Today, the 7,000th FFA member will be introduced to a world of career opportunities during a tour of the research and development facilities at Dow AgroSciences’ world headquarters located in Indianapolis.  Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has sponsored FFA member visits for the last seven consecutive years in conjunction with the annual National FFA Convention. 

“We are committed to finding and developing tomorrow’s scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians,” said Dan Kittle, Ph.D., vice president, Dow AgroSciences Research and Development. “There is a critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals and, by supporting FFA, we are doing our part to create awareness and spark interest in these fields.”

This week, the last week Indianapolis will host the FFA Convention until 2016, more than 1,100 FFA members will tour the Dow AgroSciences R&D facility and have an opportunity to learn about the tremendous amount of work and investment required to develop solutions to meet the needs of the growing world. 

“Dow AgroSciences invests about $265 million and 10 to 12 years of effort to bring a single innovation to market,” said Kittle. “The success of our business and our ability to help feed the world’s population is dependent on the availability of the sharpest scientific and business minds entering the workforce. Our hope is that, by bringing FFA members to our facilities and giving them a chance to talk with our people, we’ll ignite the interests and passions of some of the brightest young people around.”

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“Interest in agricultural education continues to grow due to the hard work, dedication and commitment agriculture teachers and state FFA leaders have toward developing our members for the future,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong. “Our members are developing skills through educational and real-world experiences that will ideally position them to pursue one of more than 300 careers in agriculture.”

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, develops leading-edge crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of the growing world. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $5.7 billion in 2011. Learn more at www.dowagro.com. Follow Dow AgroSciences on Facebook and YouTube or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

Contact:

Robyn Heine
Dow AgroSciences
317-337-4807
rheine@dow.com