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Spring Valley farmer is Gold Country Seed "Picture Your Success" winner

Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A farmer from Spring Valley, Minn., was recently chosen the winner in Gold Country Seed's "Picture Your Success" drawing. Ralph Tart received $1,000, and chose the Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA to receive an additional $1,000 donation from the company.

"The FFA is a good organization. I was a member while in school and was provided with important skills that I still use on the farm today," says Tart.

The "Picture Your Success" promotion began last August as Gold Country Seed District Sales Managers (DSMs) walked fields and rode combines with farmers to help them establish soybean yield goals. "We work hard to deliver more value than what is expected from a bag of seed," said Tom Wehmeier, Gold Country Seed DSM who works with Tart. "This was a great opportunity for us to talk with farmers about soybean production and management. But it was also an opportunity for us to be involved in our community. This donation to the FFA is an important investment in the future of our local agricultural youth."

Spring Valley-Wykoff FFA Advisor Kristal Brogan was excited to hear about the donation. "This donation will help facilitate programs and fund new learning opportunities for our students," said Brogan. "The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of our students. It allows them to learn about agriculture, explore careers in agriculture, and develop leadership skills that will be applicable to their future endeavors."

Gold Country Seed officials presented the checks to both parties during the FFA banquet at Kingsland High School on April 11, 2010.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7,429 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. Visit for more information.

Gold Country Seed provides superior seed solutions and service to Minnesota farmers. Their corn, soybean and alfalfa products are backed by the Gold Country Seed Gold Standard commitment. To learn more, visit

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