FFA, 4-H foundations given donations by Dakota Access Pipeline

ANKENY ? Last week, the Iowa FFA Foundation and Iowa 4-H Foundation received matching donations of $90,000 each from Dakota Access Pipeline LLC.

The funds will be used to benefit local youth, as well as students across the state through conference sponsorships and curriculum support. The foundations hosted a joint check presentation Oct. 19 at the FFA Enrichment Center.

Dakota Access is giving each organization $5,000 per county the pipeline traverses, totaling $90,000 across 18 counties in Iowa. In an effort to support youth programs in counties along the entire four-state pipeline route, Dakota Access made similar donations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois totaling more than $400,000.

?We are grateful to Dakota Access Pipeline for their contribution to support 4-H programs. These dollars will provide support to help to local 4-H?ers develop their leadership potential, critical thinking skills, and community engagement. This donation will help these programs to grow.? said Emily Saveraid, Iowa 4-H Foundation executive director.

?Dakota Access is making a major impact at a pivotal time for agricultural education, as Iowa FFA membership has achieved a record of more than 14,900 members. With this incredible investment, more than 25 percent of all Iowa FFA members will be impacted and have the opportunity to develop their potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success through agricultural education! We sincerely thank Dakota Access for making a positive difference in the lives of our next generation of agricultural leaders,? said Joshua Remington, Iowa FFA Foundation executive director.