GROWMARK Endure 2020 Report - Page 13

Supporting youth in our market area is a high priority for the Foundation. Our support for Ag in the Classroom helps teachers share the value and influence that agriculture has on our society. As shown below, students at LeRoy High School in Illinois are just one group which benefits from a hands-on education on various aspects of ag production. Students use a drone simulator after they have learned how drones are used to benefit agriculture. Students visit a local farm to better understand cattle operations. The cooperative principles illustrate the sustainable model of social, economic, and environmental stewardship. And GROWMARK support of the “endure” initiative at all levels within the System demonstrates our commitment. The Next Gen program is part of GROWMARK’s commitment to the future of the System and the agriculture industry. The program helps its retail divisions and FS member cooperatives build relationships with the next generation of farmers and customers through educational and networking events organized at the local level. We are respectful of the impact we play in our employees’ lives and are supportive at so many levels. Amplify is a corporate initiative promoting employee inclusion and engagement. We are conscious that the future of our cooperative depends upon the diversity of our employees. We understand the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in any business model. To that effort, GROWMARK’s Board of Directors added a new At Large position and welcomed Lora Wright, who brings a solid background in animal agriculture and technology. GROWMARK System University offers a comprehensive approach to employee development at all career levels. In support of of our retail divisions and member cooperatives, a three-level director education program fosters strong boards and builds a pipeline for board leaders of the future. More than 200 directors have been certified through the program. Students use Google Maps to measure fields for a precision ag activity. 13