Southern States plays an active role in the community. The following are just some of the regular events and programs supported by Southern States;
- Local, State & National FFA
- Corporate & Local Blood Drives
- United Way
- National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC)
- Meals on Wheels
- Association with Land Grant Colleges
- Local Chambers of Commerce
- Specific Local Event Sponsorships
- Local Grower Meetings
- SSC Scholarship Program
The legacy of FFA has made a lasting impact on Southern States. Sharing the philosophy of ‘learning by doing’, FFA and Southern States share similar values; one of which is positively impacting the lives of millions of youth across the country.
FFA members earn $4 billion annually through hands-on work experiences. Students can compete for awards in almost 50 areas covering everything from agricultural communications to wildlife management.
In honor and recognition of FFA’s positive influence on our nation's children, Southern States holds a month-long, company-wide “I’m Supporting FFA” paper emblem campaign every year in March.
During the campaign, Southern States stores sell paper FFA logo emblems for $1 each. For every dollar received, 50 percent of the funds are designated to the National FFA Foundation, and the other 50 percent goes to the store’s local chapter or state FFA Association. For the past few years, Southern States raised $50,000 for FFA through the paper emblem campaign!
In October of 2017, Southern States launched its first annual Fueling FFA campaign, in an effort to raise money for young, future farmers in the state of North Carolina. For every gallon the Fueling FFA truck sells, Southern States is donating of portion of the funds to the North Carolina FFA Association.
“Young farmers are the future of food production,” says Jeff Stroburg, president and CEO of Southern States. “As a farmer-owned cooperative, we take tremendous pride in investing in the young farmers of America and will continue to contribute to their development as future leaders in agriculture.”
The company is launching their second truck in Frankfort, Kentucky in October of 2018 to help support the Kentucky FFA Foundation.
Southern States stores also partner regularly with local chapters across the Southeast to hold local, family-friendly events in the community. From cookouts to bake sales, Southern States has strongly supported FFA’s efforts to raise funds for our nation’s future farmers.
Many members of Southern States’ staff were FFA members in middle school, high school, and even college. They give credit to FFA for teaching them teamwork, leadership, public speaking skills, as well as the ability to effectively run meetings.
Southern States has a long history of supporting the FFA and their efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of students through leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Southern States is proud to support FFA, and looks forward to continuing to work with state and local chapters and sponsor campaigns that support FFA in the years to come.