2021-22 Nebraska FFA Foundation Annual Report

Growing Leaders | Building Communities | Creating Career Connections
2020-21 Nebraska FFA State Officers

President: Ellie Wanek, Aurora FFA Chapter | Secretary: Emma Kuss, Seward FFA Chapter | Vice President: Gracie Schneider, Cozad FFA Chapter | Vice President: Jaya Nelson, Rock County FFA Chapter | Vice President: Bailey Robinson, York FFA Chapter | Vice President: Victoria Ference, Ord FFA Chapter | Vice President: Emily Martindale, Sandhills FFA Chapter

Greetings from the Nebraska FFA Foundation,

As we look forward to a new year, we also reflect on the accomplishments of this past year that helped to cultivate a bright future for agricultural education and FFA. We want to recognize the individuals, groups and companies that invested in the work that we do to cultivate the next generation of agriculture leaders.

We are proud to invest in agricultural education for 12,000 FFA members and their FFA advisors by growing leaders, building communities and creating career connections.

In growing leaders, the Nebraska FFA Foundation continues to support teachers through professional development funding. Professional development helps to strengthen teachers’ skills and knowledge, whether they’ve been teaching for a couple of years or for over twenty years, like Melissa Bonifas from the Blue Hill agriculture education program.

In building communities, the local chapter grant program continues to fill the gaps between local resources and what it takes to maintain quality programming. Your support has helped many agriculture education programs like the Hampton Animal Lab “Hawk Herd”. In Hampton, not only are students learning valuable skills in agriculture, but they are learning what it takes to build a community.

In creating career connections, Nebraska FFA members continue to get hands-on experience with their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE). At the 2022 National FFA Convention, Morayah Cupp, Imperial FFA member, was selected as a Proficiency Award Finalist in Ag Services. Morayah received a local chapter SAE grant from the Nebraska FFA Foundation. We need to continue to support more FFA members who are exploring how to start a business in agriculture.

We are committed to the day when we have successfully addressed the growing needs of agriculture education students, teachers and programs so Nebraska FFA and local FFA programs have all the resources they need to cultivate a bright future for leaders of tomorrow who will be workforce and advocates for agriculture. Your support is important in this effort.

We encourage you to continue reading the stories that highlight how your support has made a difference. Thank you for your commitment to agriculture education students and FFA members.


Stacey Agnew, Executive Director, Nebraska FFA Foundation

Kyle Perry, President, Nebraska FFA Foundation

Our People

  • 2021-22 Board of Directors
    2021-22 Board of Directors

    The Nebraska FFA Foundation’s Board of Directors is made up of passionate volunteers that provide leadership and strategic governance for the organization. These individuals are active fundraisers and provide oversight for the Nebraska FFA Foundation.

    • Lance Atwater
    • Glenn Baumert - Treasurer
    • Cary Becker
    • Vernon Benes
    • Katherine Byrne - Secretary
    • Matt Dolch
    • Mark Fahleson
    • Teresa Ibach
    • Brady Jenschke
    • John Langemeier – Vice President
    • Jerry Lentfer
    • Kyle Perry – President
    • Ron Preston
    • Dean Settje
    • Jennifer Wood
    • Linne Vavrina
    • Richard Douglass- Ex-Officio, Nebraska FFA Alumni Representative
    • Jeff Moore- Ex-Officio, Nebraska FFA Association Representative
    • Kris Spath- Ex-Officio, Nebraska Agriculture Educators Association Representative
    • Stacey Agnew – Ex-Officio, Executive Director
  • 2021-22 Sustainable Funding Team

    This volunteer team is dedicated to the implementation of the Nebraska FFA Foundation’s sustainable funding model to increase individual engagement and giving to support the mission of the Nebraska FFA Foundation.

    • Kara Anderson
    • Lisa Brass
    • Katherine Byrne
    • Cheyenne Chromy
    • Matt Dolch
    • Mark Fahleson
    • Spencer Hartman
    • Ellie Havlat
    • Carol Keiser
    • Jerry Lentfer
    • Morgan Ochsner
    • Jessie Rudolph
    • Dean Settje
    • Nora Turner
    • Ed Woeppel
    • Jennifer Wood
    • Stacey Agnew
    • Sarah Mullen
    • Abby Kaiser
  • Staff

    Stacey Agnew, Executive Director

    Sarah Mullen, Development and Marketing Director

    Victoria Broders, Program Manager

    Abby Kaiser, Development Coordinator

Record-Setting Numbers

Agricultural education prepares students for careers in agriculture, food and natural resources. Our population is growing, and jobs and careers in all sectors of agriculture will be vital to keeping up with the global demand for agriculture and food production.

Impact Stories

  • Classroom Instruction, Hands-On Learning Yield Incredible Education
    Classroom Instruction, Hands-On Learning Yield Incredible Education

    When the last school bell rang for the school year, Melissa Bonifas began gearing up for and dreaming about what she could offer next to her students.

    Bonifas participated in a professional development training hosted by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. She selected this professional development opportunity because she was seeking experiences that offer a more hands-on approach to learning. What she walked away with was handouts, digital copies, curriculum, presentations, labs and even agriscience fair project ideas she could provide to her students.

    Bonifas says, “I realize that any summer professional development takes time away from family and your summer break, but it is so worthwhile because it helps you to become better at teaching and more knowledgeable about the ag industry.”

    The Nebraska FFA Foundation invests in teachers and their students by providing funding for professional development and training opportunities. This particular training covered topics like meats grading, yield grading and carcass fabrication to be used in animal science class; seed identification for plant science class
    or milling and utilizing crops in food science class. Additional hands-on learning focused on wiring switches for an electrical class, as well as disassembling and reassembling a small engine.

    This hands-on, two day professional development training provides teachers like Bonifas with impactful and easy-to-implement curriculum that connects across career pathways. This highlights opportunities for careers that many students may not have known about or considered before. Bonifas knows that the unique combination of classroom instruction and hands-on learning provides students with an incredible education.

    Bonifas believes this experience is particularly valuable for teachers that are new to the profession and hopes to serve those teachers as a mentor by sharing her knowledge and building their confidence with strong hands-on programming.

    We are so proud of what teachers accomplish and implement in their classroom after participating in professional development training. That’s why  the Nebraska FFA Foundation continues working to provide more teachers with professional development and training opportunities.

  • Hampton FFA Provides Hands-On Opportunities in Animal Production
    Hampton FFA Provides Hands-On Opportunities in Animal Production

    Agriculture education students at Hampton were tasked with deciding if they would rather have more animal science or plant science experiences, and over 80 percent of students said they wanted to see animals on campus. Six years later, Hampton received a Nebraska FFA Foundation Grant to build the “Hawk Herd” animal learning lab. With the assistance of the Nebraska FFA Foundation grant, Hampton has purchased pasture ground at the school for their cows to graze all summer long. The shed was put in place last spring, and the students are currently setting posts and installing continuous fencing this fall.

    The Hampton Hawk Herd currently consists of three production cows, two calves and a steer. In addition to their cattle herd, they have five laying hens. Students have the opportunity to assist with artificial insemination process, gain skills in livestock management and grow their communication skills by making phone calls to order feed and hay, ask for donations and contact their veterinarian. Since the start of this project, Hampton has bought a few steers to finish feeding out to use for their school lunch program.

    One student enjoyed the experience so much that it led them to seek out a job working on a feedlot. This student had transferred from Lincoln and had little experience with livestock. The student turned this experience into their current Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) by gaining skills assisting with more than just the animals at the school. Another student has gained more of an understanding of the end product that they are producing by working for a local butcher for their SAE.

    Students have learned the hard work and responsibility of the Hawk Herd knowing that chores have to be done no matter what the weather is doing or how busy their schedules are. During weekends and holidays, students take turns doing chores. They have gained an appreciation for cattle producers and the hard work that they do on a daily basis for much larger-scale operations.

    With so much to do at their animal lab, Hampton students are never short of hands-on learning opportunities.

  • Cupp Finds Passion for Educating Others through Moe’s Mobile Coops
    Cupp Finds Passion for Educating Others through Moe’s Mobile Coops

    Morayah Cupp was driven by the idea of work and service rather than sitting in a classroom. She grew up in Champion, a town of approximately 500 people in southwest Nebraska, and attended Chase County Schools. The idea of work and service is why she joined FFA.

    Her family runs a diverse cow/calf and row crop operation. They grow specialty crops in preparation for the fall event and pumpkin patch they host each year. They also have the town’s firework stand in the summer.

    To say Cupp’s family keeps busy is an understatement. When it came time for her to start her Supervised Agricultural Experience, Cupp says she realized that although the community she lives in is very rural and agriculture heavy, there was a lack of opportunity for people to get involved with the industry that weren’t already. She found a way to provide people with hands-on producer experience and educate them each step of the way through Moe’s Mobile Coops.

    Moes Mobile Coops allows families the opportunity to become producers and backyard hen owners without the year-round commitment. Renters receive a mobile coop, 4-6 hens (or pullets), a feeder, waterer, feed anb bedding to last the duration of the rental period. The rental season starts anywhere from March until June and ends between August and October.

    Cupp received a Nebraska FFA Foundation local grant to expand her business in 2020. She used these funds to purchase enough supplies to build four of the six coops she added that year. Since then, she has also added the sale of pullets to those customers that want to own laying hens instead of rent them. She says “It is gratifying to me to see my services ignite a passion in people and that they want to start their own flock as a result.”

    This year, Cupp was one of four National Finalists in the Agricultural Services – Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Area. This honor takes a great deal of time commitment, recordkeeping and knowledge of the industry. She received her gold medal on stage at the 2022 National FFA Convention.

    When asked what she learned, Cupp says “The real question is ‘What skills didn’t I learn from Moe’s Mobile Coops?’ I was able to grow in my public relations skills and focus on marketing, as well as fundamental physical skills like running power tools and understanding the building process while still making sure I abide by quality assurance standards.” She also found her love for educating others and providing opportunities to those who share the same passion for the agriculture industry.

    Cupp is currently a sophomore at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She’s majoring in Agriculture Education and her plans include teaching agriculture in a rural school while also advising an FFA Chapter.

Financial Information

August 1, 2021-July 31, 2022

Your donation is an investment in Nebraska FFA members, advisors, state officers and chapters. The below charts reflect fiscal year August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. Click here to view end-of-year financial statements.

Corporate Partners

These groups of corporate sponsors supported the Nebraska FFA Foundation True Blue program, I Believe in the Future of Ag corporate program, general fund, annual auction, state fair, local grants, Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. and Nebraska FFA Association programming.

Premier Sponsors ($25,000+)

6 Star Sponsors ($15,000-$24,999)

5 Star Sponsors ($10,000-$14,999)

4 Star Sponsors ($5,000-$9,999)

3 Star Sponsors ($2,500-$4,999)

2 Star Sponsors ($1,000-$2,499)

CF Industries Hoegemeyer Nebraska Wheat Board Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Cargill Protein Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association Nebraska Cattlemen Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Oxbow Animal Health
Smart Chicken Hertz Farm Management Ward Laboratories, Inc. Corteva Agriscience Agricultural Services Inc.
BKD LLP Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium EBM Construction Gavilon Hi-Gain Feedlot Inc
KanEquip Inc. Livingston Enterprises Midland Vet Services Midwest Livestock Systems Inc. MRK, Inc.
NAU Country Insurance Company O'Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer, Shultz, P.C., LLO Preferred Popcorn Rain and Hail Standard Nutrition
SureFire Ag Systems The Andersons Inc. United Transport Inc. Verdesian Life Sciences Wiechman Pig Co Inc.

1 Star Sponsors ($250-$999)

4 Seasons Fund Raising The Austin Company, Inc Sargent Irrigation Pillen Family Farms Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation
Growing America's Farmers, Inc. Ag Valley Co-op Associated Milk Producers Inc. Bluebonnet Feeds/Stride Animal Health/AC Nutrition DNA Genetics
Janets Jungle, Inc. Maline Seed & Fence Maxwell AgriService Midwest Dairy Association Nebraska Agribusiness Club
Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association Nebraska Public Power District Norris FFA Booster Club Scheels
NVAF/The Leadership Center Morningside College Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association Matheson RobSeeCo
STIHL Outdoor Power and Equipment HeatSiecker Lakeview FFA Chapter General Excavating Northeast Nebraska Sheep Breeders Association
Wilber-Clatonia FFA Alumni Concordia University, Nebraska Empire Hay Inc UNL Pre-Vet Woofter Construction and Irrigation
Beel Brothers LLC Midwest Veterinary Services, Inc. Burwell FFA Chapter Fillmore Central FFA Boosters Morgan Ranch
Nebraska Department Of Ag, Poultry and Egg Division Nebraska Simmental Association Sealpro Silage Barrier Film Proteus, Inc. Nebraska AgrAbility
Northwest Missouri State University Midland University Buena Vista University North Central Kansas Technical College Doane University
Northeast Community College Central Community College Fellowship of Christian Farmers Nebraska Army National Guard Frenzen Angus and Polled Herefords
MANRRS South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Gro-Rite Mineral LLC Sandy Creek FFA Chapter Alpha Gamma Sigma
Eastern Wyoming College Laramie County Community College Nebraska Soybean Association Baasch and Sons, Inc Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Association
Went Show Goats Sheridan College

Individual Supporters

True Blue Society

Your multiple year gift of at least $1,000 per year supports the Nebraska FFA Foundation’s investment in agricultural education and FFA for over 10,000 FFA members and their advisors.

Gift of the Rising Sun - $50,000

Shane and Kelli Belohrad

Gift of Plow - $25,000
Frank J. Fleecs Ron and Lisa Preston Bill Pullen Dean and Kristi Settje Jeremy and Irene Wilhelm
Jerry and Naomi Warner

Gift of Corn - $5,000
Brian and Stacey Agnew Andrew and Alix Ambriz Britt and Jolene Anderson Brian Andreasen and Cheryl Andreasen Lance and Krystal Atwater
Glenn and Lynn Baumert Cary and Barb Becker Vernon and Shelly Benes John H. Bergmeyer Anthony and Lisa Brass
Gerald and Beverly Clausen Richard L. Cockerill Tony and Andrea Collins Heidi Cuca Rick and the late Carol Damkroger
Seth and Carrie Derner Matthew and Dana Dolch Sally and Daryl Eller Neal Ely Mark and Sara Fahleson
Tom and Helen Feller Larry and Fay Gossen Mat and Kyla Habrock Matthew and Lori Hannan Clinton and Jody Hoffman
Alec and Meredith Ibach Greg and Teresa Ibach Blaine and Brady Jenschke Aaron and Kori Jensen Drew and Lyndsay Jensen
Judson and Kaye Jesske Blake and Holly Johnson Richard and Sharon Katt Kris Kavan and Linne Vavrina Scott and Tara Keetle
Margaretha Kloepping Gary and Diane Kubicek and Family Jason and Carey Kubik John and Lisa Langemeier Laura Linden
Jerry and Tess Lentfer Neal and Marcy Lewis Wayne and Lori Luebbe Pete McClymont Dan Morgan
Bob and Betsy Nelson Lee and Brenda Nelson Brad and Pam Nygren James and Julie Nygren Keith and Doris Olsen
Kirk and Tracy Olson Shane Peed Kyle and Catherine Perry Mark Poeschl and Nancy Poeschl Dan and Brenda Rice
Randy Robeson Mike Roeber Jeff and Brenda Rudolph Brian and Paula Schellpeper Rod Schroeder, In Honor of Don Tyser
Gordon and Pat Smith The late Ed and Linda Stich Chad and Leah Trausch Bob and Lana Urban Tom and Debbie Volk
Tom and Jennifer Wood Donelle and Matt Wolters Holly Wittstruck Memorial Derek and Amanda Wright Korey and Tammy Young

Blue & Gold Society

Your long-term planned gift can help meet various needs, including the support for new FFA chapters and new programming at both the state and local levels. Planned gifts can be through named funds, endowed funds, bequests, life insurance and annuity beneficiary designations, other financial account designations, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. The following individuals and families have a planned gift with the Nebraska FFA Foundation.

Brian and Stacey Agnew Glenn G. and Lynn R. Baumert Frank J. Fleecs Richard and Lanelle Herink Judson and Kaye Jesske
Richard and Sharon Katt Jerry and Teresa Lentfer Family Jack and Nancy Nemec Diana Yearsley

Other Individual Donors

This group of individuals supported the Nebraska FFA Foundation general fund, state convention, state fair, Blue Jackets. Bright Futures program and Nebraska FFA Association programming. Thank you to these donors that have invested in Nebraska FFA.

$1,000 or more
The Dr. Allen G. Blezek and Kay L. Blezek Charitable Fund Charles W. Herbster Singer Foundation James Timmerman Bob and Cynthia Milligan
Dewey and Nancy Knuth Robert and Leanne Maxwell Rob and Mary Jo Randels Bruce and Jean Wendt Randy Thimm
Richard and Susie Douglass Normil Foundation Britt and Jolene Anderson Bill Davis Brian and Heidi Wright
Cody and Julie Blood Curt and Vicki Bromm Eric Keetle Kenyon Schuett Kevin and Julie Ochsner
Lee and Heidi Thurber Linda Hoke

Scott and Deb Beckman Leslie Denning Matthew Wiegand Bill White Dennis and Julie Jarecke
Karl and Margaret Hensley Leon and Susan Wissmann Calvin and Rita Fix Gene and Rose Wissenburg Grady Johnson/37-Ag
Norris and Lynnet Talcott Aaron and Alli Raymond Barrie and Ann Luers Jack and Janice Welch Krystl Knabe and Cody Knopp
Ryan and Kristen Hassebrook 2015-16 State FFA Officer Team Barbara Wolff Fred Korth James and Sarah Mullen
Larry Holbein Philip and Shirley Johnson Richard Hahn Timothy and Connie Boender
Neal Kanel Stacie Turnbull Andrew and Bonnie Jensen Dale and Deborah Grosbach Ron and Karen Anderson
Dwayne Wilson Edie Kavan Eric and Megan Dam Garry and Sharon Young Janna Quaring
Jon and Jean Katt Lonnie and Kimberly Goff Mark Hahn Farms Inc Mark Peitzmeier Roger and Jeanne Kaiser
Ron and Beth Fitzke Zachary Gray Mark and Willow Holoubek Alan Stephens Craig and Stacy Olsen
Dean Folkers and Jennifer Conway Doug and Mary Derscheid Dusty Korth Greg and Barb Bonifas Homer Buell
James and Abby Kaiser Kevin Welsh Leah Vetter Les and Nancy Buckley Lloyd Bell
Lynn and Kathy Gloystein Al and Mary Lerch Amanda Clymer Angela Jensen Bill and RanDee Barger
Blake Preston Blythe McAfee Bob and Karen McNeff Boone McAfee Brittany Bolte
Brooke Preston Bruce and Cheryl Trautman Bruce Reeder Chris Robinett Cliff and Mary Ehlers
Dan and Cindi Wolfe Daniel Roeber Dann and Laure Husmann Darin and Kendra Weers Dave Polivka
David and Alyce Tejral David and Becky Grimes David Dubas Dennis and Barb Mottl Dennis and Natalie Toalson
Dillon Harchelroad Eva Roubal Gene and Alfretta Claver Jana Beckman Jerry Johnson
Jim and Mary Spath Jim Farley John and Ashley Goertzen John and Barb Scharf Jonathan and Abbie Rempel
Josh and Krystle Friesen Justin and Kimberley Troudt Karlene Johnson Kennard and Linda Pohlman Kent and Jodi Pulfer
Kevin Henrichson Logan Peters Martin and Ruth Massengale Merlin R. Prior Norm and Shirley Fritz
Ray and Jolene Ward Richard and Lanelle Herink Roland Langemeier Ron Anderson Sam and Jody Most
Stacey Howsden Sue Volk Tim and Janet Foss Timothy and Jenny Higgins TJ and Shae Schneider
Troy Otte Larry and Sara Sitzman Sandra Sattler-Weber Michael Vyhlidal Tammy Meyer
Dave Loseke Dayle E. Williamson James Viglicky Larry Cerny Nora Turner and Tom Jensen
Scott and Judy Getzschman Tom Brewer Dan and Kris Reed Kevin and Joetta Wetovick Aaron and Kim Fehringer
Abbie Nordhausen Andrew and Victoria Broders Anne Johnson Barb and Kevin Kock Bob and Marilyn Lammers
Bob Campbell Bob Feller Brett and Pam Mueller Cami Krueger Catherine Morriss
Claude and Linda Jensen Clayton and Jill Hensley Dale and Linda Zoerb Daniel R. Ripa Dave and Victoria Barnard
David Havlovic David Knabe Memorial Dean and Tammy Thernes Debra and Colton Williams Donald J. Merlo
Doug and Darla Voigt Doug and Jenise Straight Ed and Lisa Woeppel Eric and Natalie Schilling Gary and Betsy Raymer
Gary Witt Jaclyn Frey Jacob and Katherine Byrne James and Megan Kroupa Janice Bopp
Jason and Kylie Penke Jed Erickson Jeff Moore Jeff Schellpeper Jill Beckman Kill
Jill Chaloupka Joe and Roberta Malloy Joel and Stephanie Miller Jon and Michelle Brabec Jon Sonderup
Judy Meier Judy Tejral Katie Dobler Keith and Brenda Anderson Kelly and Keri Jelinek
Kelly Brunkhorst Kevin and Denise Atwater Kira and Daniel Friedrichsen Kristin Dolecheck Kurt and Kari Loseke
Larry and Carol Hudkins Lois Linke Lynda Suhr Lynna Gene Cook Marilyn Houdek
Marlo and Jean Burg Michael and Mary Pat Hoag Michael Fuchs Mike and Rebecca Vales Milt and Joann Fricke
Monty and Deb Larsen Philip Bletscher Randy and Donna Vlasin Raymond and Judy Althouse Reid and Mckenzie Ely
Robert Sindt Rodney Beranek Roger and Carmyn Krabel Roger Lempke Ron and Jeanne Tinkham
Ryan and Kerry Hoffschneider Sarah Schoenrock Scott and Connie Heinrich Spencer and Katie Kock Stacie Higgins
Stanley and Susan Penke Steve Grasz Steward and Kris Spath Teresa Svoboda Tim Esser

In Memory Donations

This group of individuals supported the Nebraska FFA Foundation by donating in memory of or in honor of an individual. Thank you to these donors for thinking of Nebraska FFA to honor a loved one.

Julie Collett, In memory of Keri Votruba Tony and Jane Badertscher, In memory of Richard L McClymont Jr. Gary L Bredehoft, In memory of Theodore H. Bredehoft Randy and Karen DeBoer, In memory of Randy DeBoer
Connie Weston, In memory of Keith Weston Anonymous, In memory of Darlene Overleese Davis and Verla Hosman, In memory of Nancy Flaming Richard and Ann Perry, In memory of Dr. Ted Ward
Zane Johnson, In honor of Donelle Wolters

I Believe in the Future of Ag

The I Believe in the Future of Ag campaign serves as an outlet for local FFA chapters to receive donations for innovative projects in their classrooms, leadership programming, community service projects and field trips to advance agriculture education in their schools. Thank to you the following donors for their support of local FFA chapters.

Your Support

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