Mycogen Seeds Continues Turn the Bag Blue & Gold Program

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FFA Delivers Hands-on Training and Fundraising

INDIANAPOLIS — Blue-and-gold bags of Mycogen® brand seed are back for the 2019-20 season. Mycogen Seeds is continuing its Turn the Bag Blue & Gold program with the National FFA Organization for the third straight year.

The program has raised more than $56,000 for a total of 12 FFA chapters across the Corn Belt throughout the past two years. Participating FFA members learn foundational agronomic principles and professional sales training while raising funds for their local FFA chapters, state FFA associations and National FFA Organization.

“We are eager to help FFA members learn and grow in the agriculture industry,” said Blake Courtney, Mycogen Seeds Marketing Communications Manager. “We have added four new FFA chapters to our program this year to continue giving back to students in farming communities. This program is one of our favorite activities because it’s about more than a donation. It’s a hands-on experience to learn about agronomy, corn hybrids and seed sales.”

Participating FFA members team up with their local Mycogen territory manager and local retailer to offer farmers the option to purchase corn hybrids that fit their geographies. For every bag of corn sold, participants will earn funds for their local FFA chapters. Farmers can purchase seed through FFA members and receive their product in a specially branded Mycogen blue-and-gold bag.

“This is an opportunity for our students to visit with different farmers,” said Jason Speck, Imperial FFA Advisor, Imperial, Nebraska. “Two of the biggest skills our kids take away from the Turn the Bag Blue & Gold program is being able to make a sale and communication. FFA ag sales is a big contest that we participate in and this program helps kids see the real-world aspect of the contest. Our kids are able to make a true sale to somebody and they learn how to communicate face to face with a farmer without using social media.”

Imperial FFA plans to use some of the money they raised last year for travel costs to the National FFA Convention & Expo this fall. Speck said he looks forward to helping his students gain sales experience again this year.

Farmers who want to support the program and their local FFA chapters can contact one of the following participating FFA chapters or Mycogen retailers:

  • Alexandria FFA Chapter, Alexandria, Minnesota
    • Pro-Ag Farmers Co-op, Brandon, Minnesota
  • Imperial FFA Chapter, Imperial, Nebraska
    • Nutrien Ag Solutions, Imperial, Nebraska
  • Holdrege FFA Chapter, Holdrege, Nebraska
    • CHS Inc., Loomis, Nebraska
  • Perkins County FFA Chapter, Grant, Nebraska 
    • Nutrien Ag Solutions, Grant, Nebraska
  • Pioneer FFA Chapter, Yorkshire, New York  
    • T and T Crop Service, Warsaw, New York
  • Rushville FFA Chapter, Rushville, Indiana
    • Harvest Land Co-op, Rushville, Indiana

For more information about the Turn the Bag Blue & Gold Program, contact your local Mycogen territory manager or visit Mycogen.com/FFA.

About Mycogen Seeds
Mycogen Seeds offers leading genetics in corn, soybeans, silage corn, sunflowers and canola. A retail seed company of Corteva Agriscience, Mycogen maintains a robust global research and development program. Mycogen delivers diverse seed solutions with high-performance genetics and the latest and broadest trait technology options. Mycogen works with its retail network to tailor product solutions and help farmers be better acre after acre. For more information about Mycogen® brand products, visit Mycogen.com or follow Mycogen Seeds on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.  

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Kacey Birchmier
Corteva Agriscience

Sarah Petersheim
Bader Rutter