As part of a pay it forward campaign, Farm Credit Mid-America, a long-time Indiana FFA partner and agriculture lender, pledged up to $30,000 in matching funds to the Indiana FFA Foundation and is challenging businesses, FFA alumni and others to follow their lead. The goal of the campaign is to retire an original loan on the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar, Ind. and aims to raise $60,000 by June 2018.

"FFA lays the foundation of a dynamic generation of agriculture leaders and supports developing skills that benefit the agricultural industry and our communities," said Tom Sloma, Senior Vice President of Farm Credit Mid-America. "We're pleased to again participate in this campaign and can think of no better way to support the future of agriculture than to help sustain a camp that encourages the next generation of agriculturalists to learn, compete, celebrate and grow."

Since the first camp was held in 1971, over 100,000 FFA members have taken advantage of the unique FFA leadership center. With the Indiana FFA Foundation investing close to $550,000 in facility capital projects and improvements recently, the center has been a place of growth and stability for FFA members across the state.

"For almost 50 years, Indiana FFA members have been blessed to inherit such a remarkable place to call home," said Lisa Chaudion, Executive Director of the Indiana FFA Foundation. "Generations of leaders have been shaped and inspired by the activities held at the leadership center. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary since the property was originally purchased, Indiana FFA wants to celebrate by paying it off once and for all so they can ensure future generations the benefit of such a great place and continue its mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success."

Any additional funds raised will be used to set-up an endowment for the Indiana FFA Leadership Center. If you would like to donate to the pay it forward campaign, please visit www.inffa.org/foundation or contact Lisa Chaudion at (317) 878-4178 or lchaudion@inffa.org.