July 23, 2024

Walmart Foundation teams up with National FFA on building national sustainability program

INDIANAPOLIS — The Walmart Foundation has awarded the National FFA Foundation Inc. a grant of $750,000 to incorporate sustainability principles in school education.

The National FFA Foundation will leverage the expertise of the National FFA Organization to develop these educational resources.

Knowing that building a sustainable system is a crucial focus for many industries, the National FFA Organization is working to ensure they meet the demand by educating the next generation of leaders.

This generation will lead by example, act responsibly and create solutions to feed, clothe and fuel the world.

“The funding made available allows us to create new sustainability-focused education resources and programming that integrates current sustainable practices across multiple disciplines,” said Chief Program Officer of the National FFA Organization Christine White. “We plan to equip our members to create solutions that will address the sustainability challenges of the future.”

The focus of these resources will be to leverage the social influences of students by creating an inclusive program so all students enrolled in agricultural education can see how sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

“In 2020, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed to help protect, restore and more sustainably manage 50 million acres of land and 1 million square miles of ocean by 2030,” said Julie Gehrki, VP and COO of the Walmart Foundation.

“An important element of this work is equipping the next generation of agriculture leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. That includes critical knowledge of how to conserve soil, water and biodiversity so that together, we can help build a prosperous, sustainable agricultural sector for future generations.”