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Source: Red Brand press release

Indianapolis, Indiana - Rural King Supply representative Josh Gordon presented a check to the National FFA Foundation at the 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo. The proceeds are the result of Rural King's participation in Home Grown, a funding partnership with Red Brand fence, manufactured by Keystone Steel & Wire in Peoria, Illinois.

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Red Brand and Home Grown in this funding initiative," said Gordon, "and as a result, we are very proud to provide financial support to the National FFA Foundation and to offer a way for local chapters to receive funding.

Foundation sponsors make possible award and recognition programs, scholarships, service learning activities, global engagement programs, national FFA convention functions, educational materials, teacher training and much more. "Without the generous support of companies like Rural King and Red Brand, the Foundation could not be effective in our efforts to reach out to the local, state and national FFA levels," explained Robert Cooper, Executive Director of the National FFA Foundation. "The financial assistance we receive directly impacts the lives of FFA students throughout the organization, so we are deeply grateful for this contribution."

According to Doug Wright, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Keystone Steel & Wire and current member of the FFA Foundation Sponsors' Board, "We've been supporting FFA since 1947 and FFA holds a special place in our hearts, as a lot of our employees-from people working on the manufacturing floor to the executive level-came up through FFA programs. Many of them still have children in FFA; it's interwoven into the history of the company. We understand and appreciate the vital role that FFA plays in the lives of our country's young people," he continues, "and we are committed to helping to support their efforts. That's why we created Home Grown. Today's check is only part of the effect of Rural King's Gold Level participation in the Home Grown program. Along with the generous financial support for the Foundation, Home Grown gives local retail stores the ability to fund their local FFA chapters, sometimes with hundreds of dollars. Home Grown is truly a grass-roots effort where the local community can support their local FFA chapter," explained Wright.

Home Grown was launched in 2010 and has raised funds for over 700 FFA chapters annually. For details about the program, visit redbrand.com/homegrown.