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Pinedale Online > News > October 2008 > Wyoming FFA Foundation and EnCana announce partnership
Wyoming FFA Foundation and EnCana announce partnership
by EnCana media release
October 6, 2008

EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., in a partnership with the Wyoming Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation, presented $34,000 to FFA chapters for chapter grant programs, educational expenses, scholarships and the annual convention.

"This partnership is a huge step for the Wyoming FFA Foundation in reaching our goal of providing FFA members an environment of premier leadership, personal growth and career success," said Wyoming FFA Foundation President Court Schilt.

Of the total amount granted, $20,000 went to the chapter grant program to strengthen project development and increase FFA enrollment. The purpose of this program is to assist chapters in increasing educational opportunities for agriculture students and FFA members.

This partnership also establishes a scholarship fund for graduating FFA members attending a Wyoming institution of higher education. Scholarships will be awarded to members who demonstrate academic achievement, strong involvement in the community and FFA activities and intent to pursue a degree for a career related to agriculture that mutually benefits the energy industry.

EnCana has also provided funding for the Wyoming FFA Associationís annual Career Development Event and Leadership Conference. Held each April in Cheyenne, Wyo. as part of the Wyoming FFA Convention, this is the culminating event for all Wyoming FFA members. It provides career development opportunities ranging from livestock evaluation to sales and service, and members compete in workshops and learn leadership development and individual growth.

"EnCanaís partnership with the Wyoming FFA Foundation gives us the opportunity to positively shape the future of Wyoming both educationally and economically," said Eddie Carpenter, EnCana Wind River Basin operations leader and FFA board member. "Agriculture and natural resources are the foundation of our society and we want to make sure our youth learn the importance of resource stewardship."

The Wyoming FFA Foundation is a non-profit corporation created in 1958 to provide financial support for FFA awards, leadership development and incentive programs. If you would like to learn more about the Wyoming FFA Foundation, e-mail or call Scott McDonald at (866) 333-3838.

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