Co-Alliance Cooperative Launches FFA Proud Partnership

Jun 14, 2022

Co-Alliance Cooperative has amplified its commitment to the Indiana FFA Foundation by donating $25,000 to the organization in 2022. A large component of that partnership was unveiled on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at the Indiana State FFA Convention held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Just minutes before the 93rd annual Indiana State FFA Convention kicked off it’s Opening General Session, Co-Alliance unveiled the FFA Proud! fuel truck, which will deliver CountryMark branded fuel across the state of Indiana. Two trucks in the Co-Alliance fleet will be branded FFA Proud!

“The branding of the FFA Proud! Fuel trucks is a perfect way for us to display our commitment to agriculture education and leadership across Indiana. We have a tremendous number of employees who are former FFA members, and we understand the power of such an organization,” says Co-Alliance CEO, Kevin Still. “Co-Alliance is proud to partner with Indiana FFA to provide leadership opportunities to those who will excel in the work force and more importantly, in life.”

Amy Kinsler, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Co-Alliance, Bruce Kettler, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Belinda Puetz, CountryMark’s Director of Marketing, Bill Peters, Co-Alliance Board Member, and Tim Hoberty, FFA Foundation Board Member, all spoke at the press conference where the truck was unveiled in front of an audience comprised of State FFA Officers, FFA members and advisors, Co-Alliance Board Members, FFA Foundation Board members, and friends of the FFA.

“CountryMark is proud to partner with Co-Alliance in a way that will demonstrate support for Indiana FFA members and raise much needed scholarship funds for the next generation of Indiana agricultural leaders,” said CountryMark Director of Marketing Belinda Puetz. “It is exciting to imagine what today’s FFA members will someday accomplish with thoughtful mentoring, STEM training, and time to think through the best ways to feed and power a growing planet.”

Be on the lookout for these FFA Proud! fuel trucks in your area as they will be attending many rural community events throughout Indiana.

Co-Alliance will also facilitate a workshop on Wednesday of the convention, which will spotlight Opportunities in Agriculture and how FFA members can create opportunities for themselves. Part of the workshop will be a 4-person panel comprised of Co-Alliance employees who have capitalized on career opportunities in agriculture once they hung up their FFA jackets. The employees will reiterate that a 4-year college education is not always the perfect fit for every individual. There are many opportunities for growth, leadership and education in the agriculture industry.

Finally, Co-Alliance will join distinct chapters on stage at the 5th General Session to present the Living to Serve Chapter awards, which they also sponsor. The cooperative strives to instill the values of community service into its culture and is proud to sponsor such an award. This award recognizes those chapters who have made serving their community an important part of their FFA Chapter’s mission. There may be no greater moments of personal growth than when advisors and members freely give of themselves to make a difference in their communities and Co-Alliance is proud to promote and support this value.

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