As a beef producer, I love to vote with my dollar and support the individuals, businesses and organizations that appreciate and understand the role modern agriculture has in feeding a growing planet. That’s why I love Culver’s restaurants. While their famous butter burgers and custards are hard to resist, what I really appreciate about the food chain is the company’s long-standing support of farmers and ranchers.
First, Culver’s has its “Thank You Farmers” campaign, which salutes agriculturalists for raising the beef, dairy and other ingredients needed to make the best meals around.
Second, Culver’s has donated millions of dollars to support the National FFA organization and recognizes that these youth in agriculture are our future leaders and food producers.
As if that’s not enough reasons to love Culver’s, the company recently recognized the need to support FFA members even further through its “Thank You Farmers” initiative. In an effort to support the students who may not have enough money to purchase their own FFA jacket, Culver’s raised nearly $20,000 to present 153 FFA members with their very own FFA jacket this fall.
The students selected were nominated by their FFA advisors, and Culver’s is working closely with the National FFA Foundation to identify and match these members with local Culver’s restaurants.
According to a Culver’s press release, “This jacket is more than just something students wear; it’s representative of the pride, responsibility and tradition that unites more than 629,000 FFA members across the nation. And every student who puts on his or her jacket does so with a commitment to making the future of agriculture brighter.”
“FFA members are an incredibly passionate group of people who do so much to better the agricultural community,” said David Stidham, vice president of marketing at Culver’s. “We’re proud to support these young folks today, so they can lead us tomorrow.”
To learn more about Culver’s efforts to support the next generation of America’s farmers, click here.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.
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