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SAN FRANCISCO – April 15, 2014 – Wilbur-Ellis Company continues its investment in the future of the agricultural industry by promoting its commitment and ongoing participation with FFA through a number of initiatives and contributions announced today. The commitment is an example of the company’s various efforts to broaden contribution outreach within the company, and find new opportunities to encourage employee involvement with FFA. 

Former FFA members, like Ryan Robinson, Wilbur-Ellis branch manager in Blissfield, Mich., understands the positive impact FFA has on future career development and why the next generation of agricultural leaders should be involved in the organization.

“Through my involvement with FFA, I’ve developed some of my strongest professional and personal relationships with people I’ve met across the state and even country,” said Robinson. “Looking back, my agricultural experiences with FFA definitely gave me a competitive advantage when I entered the professional arena and provided me with the essential knowledge leadership skills that have helped me become an effective communicator and a better team player.”

In addition to its employee match program, Wilbur-Ellis will contribute to FFA scholarships, National Career Fair and proficiency contests, Career Pathway Supporter through the Ag Career Network, and state and local chapter support.

“As a member of the National Sponsors’ Board, I find it very rewarding to meet young agricultural professionals who have found a voice and confidence through their involvement with FFA,” said Jim Loar, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Wilbur-Ellis.  “Our relationship with FFA is multidimensional and one of our greatest contributions that we make as a company is our employees’ time and involvement. We are committed to helping the organization’s local chapters empower members to cultivate successful careers in agriculture.”

Wilbur-Ellis is co- hosting an FFA Sponsors’ Board reception in Napa, Calif., on May 8, 2014.

About Wilbur-Ellis Company
Founded in 1921, Wilbur-Ellis is a leading international marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. By developing strong relationships, making strategic market investments and capitalizing on new opportunities, Wilbur-Ellis has continued to grow its business with sales now over $3 billion.
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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.

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