JASPER — Invenergy has donated $5,000 to the Jasper-Troupsburg Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter to help finance a series of community education activities.
Invenergy representative Mary Kehl said the donation from the Invenergy Marsh Hill energy project is representative of the company commitment to the local community and those organizations involved in community service.
Chapter advisor Phil Marsh said the last line of the FFA motto is “Learning to Serve.” FFA strives to develop leaders who have career success and who recognize the need for community service, Marsh said.
“Our chapter will use this donation to enhance the education of our members, promote agriculture and serve the community,” Marsh said. “We are also working with the Steuben County Farm Bureau on an ‘Agvocacy’ project to promote and educate the community about agriculture.”
The chapter is also procuring a cider press for educational purposes as well as fund raising, the chapter advisor said.
Marsh said the chapter participated in a variety of local, regional and state summer activities. Local activities included a parade float and food concession during Troupsburg Heritage Day plus at the Jasper Old Home Day Parade a parade float, kids pedal tractor pull, ice cream stand, skid steer rodeo event, sweet corn stand, food concession and hosts of the first dance of the J-T school year.
Regionally, chapter members entered Alfred County Fair dairy judging contest and the Steuben County tractor driving contest, participated at the Steuben County Fair FFA display, assisted with Farm-City Day and entered the SUNY Alfred Ag Skills competition.
State-wide activities included FFA leadership camp at Camp Oswegatchie in the Adirondacks, State FFA tractor driving and welding contest, FFA dairy handlers contest at the Empire State Fair plus hosted state FFA officers at the start of their state-wide tour of FFA chapters.
Four chapter members, Dylan Draper, Megan Ross, Evan Walters and Ben White, will represent New York State in the Ag Sales Contest at the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 24-26.