Yankton, S.D.-based First Dakota National Bank recently committed $75,000 to the South Dakota FFA Foundation during a country music concert at the South Dakota State Fair.
The funds, committed during an Elle King/Josh Turner concert, will be provided over five years. The commitment came as part of First Dakota’s 150th anniversary.
“First Dakota National Bank is leading by example, committing financially to meet the needs of our students who are our future leaders and employees,” said SD FFA Foundation board President Sandy Osterday. “They are helping provide quality leadership training for our FFA members. With their funding we can create programs of employee development for the production, business and science sectors of the South Dakota agriculture industry.”
The commitment comes as South Dakota’s FFA membership continues to grow. There have been 21 new FFA chapters over the past six school years.
“Our commitment to the region and agriculture runs deep,” said Nate Franzen, president of the $2.5 billion First Dakota’s ag banking division. “With South Dakota FFA’s commitment to ag leadership, career success, and personal growth of students, we knew supporting them was an excellent choice.”