September 18, 2003

Rockhold Presents Keys For Ethanol Van To State FFA Leader

On September 9, the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) renewed their ethanol partnership with the Missouri FFA Association. MCGA and MCMC once again provided funding for the Missouri FFA Association to lease a Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which will run on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

MCGA and MCMC provided funding for the first two “Missouri FFA Minivans” in 1999 and 2001.

Brent Rockhold, MCGA President and farmer from Arbela, presented the minivan keys to the state FFA president, Gina Eckler, during a time capsule ceremony at Sanborn Field on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

The minivan’s first mission: deliver FFA chapter memorabilia to the new 25-year time capsule. The state FFA officers and staff will use the minivan for the next three years to travel to local, state and national events, helping develop new ag leaders while spreading the word about ethanol, a clean, renewable fuel made from corn.

The Missouri FFA is excited about the renewed partnership, said Gina Eckler, 2003 president of the student youth organization.

“We look forward to promoting not only ethanol, but also the positive relationship we have with Missouri Corn programs,” she said.

According to Rockhold, there is a shared history. “Twenty-five years ago, the Missouri FFA time capsule was buried, the Missouri Corn Growers Association was formed, and fuel ethanol was produced for the first time on a large-scale, commercial basis. Let’s think together about the future: in 25 more years, FFA will be 100 years old, the Missouri Corn Growers will turn 50, and all of America’s cars and homes will be powered by ethanol. That is ethanol fuel cells. I look forward to that day!”

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