There are more ways to support Nebraska FFA members than by getting out your checkbook. Nebraska farmers and ranchers have a unique opportunity to support through gifts of commodities such as corn or cattle instead of making a cash contribution.
When you’re ready to make your gift of grain or livestock, let the Nebraska FFA Foundation and your local grain elevator or sale barn know. Once the Nebraska FFA Foundation has sold the commodity, you will receive an acknowledgement of transfer.
For the producer, no taxable income is reported because the commodity is transferred to the Nebraska FFA Foundation and sold. You are still able to deduct the entire cost of production. The Nebraska FFA Foundation encourages producers to talk to their financial advisor or tax professional to determine if this is a smart decision for them.
Chad and Leah Trausch farm near Hastings and chose to make a gift through grain each year. Chad says, “FFA is a very good organization for youth in our state and for our schools. It’s a good way to have youth involved and know where their food comes from – it’s not off the shelf.” Chad and Leah have four children, two of which are currently involved in the Adams Central FFA Chapter. When asked about gifting grain, he said “It’s easy. The account is already set up, so it’s easy to just give both to the local FFA chapter and Nebraska FFA Foundation. And there’s the added benefit of not paying the income tax on it.”