NEW YORK (March 27, 2009) - Through a collaboration of 830 veterinarians, animal health suppliers and Pfizer Animal Health, nearly $500,000 has been donated to local FFA chapters across the country. Through purchases of Pfizer Animal Health's vaccines, veterinarians and animal health suppliers were able to donate to a local FFA chapter of their choice.
"The FFA is a grassroots organization that makes its best impact at the local level," said Will Fett, regional director of the National FFA Foundation. "These donations strengthen local chapters and provide the opportunity for FFA members to interact with local animal health professionals. For example, one chapter was able to purchase a new horse trailer and others will have the funds for leadership training, community service projects and agricultural education."
"We are incredibly proud of our customers and their total contribution," said Julian Garcia, group director of U.S. cattle marketing at Pfizer Animal Health. "Not only are we excited about the good work this money will go towards in helping local agriculture communities, but we are going to continue to expand opportunities to support important agriculture organizations, like the FFA."
In addition to the local donation program, which Pfizer Animal Health also executed this spring and plans to continue in the fall, the company is supporting the FFA at the national level. A National FFA Convention teacher classroom workshop will be sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health this year and will include cutting-edge veterinary sciences curriculum focusing on livestock health issues and production management.
"Pfizer Animal Health recognizes the classroom will not only provide valuable information to agricultural educators, but also drive important education at the local level," explained Fett. "Because of its national and local approach to supporting our chapters, Pfizer Animal Health and its customers have established a very powerful program and become a great FFA partner."
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company, is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and productivity of the world's food supply by enhancing the health of livestock and poultry; and in helping companion animals live longer and healthier lives. For additional information on Pfizer's portfolio of animal products, visit www.PfizerAH.com .
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. 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. Visit www.ffa.org  for more information.