Cottonwood FFA awarded $5,000 through sweepstakes

The Cottonwood FFA is $5,000 richer thanks to Dennis McCord. He won a national sweepstakes and designated the chapter to receive the award. (Source: Bayer Farm For Good Sweepstakes)
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ST. LOUIS, MO (PR) -- The Cottonwood FFA is one of 10 organizations to receive a $5,000 donation through the Bayer Farm for Good™ Sweepstakes.

The Cottonwood FFA Chapter was designated by Dennis McCord, of Cottonwood, Alabama, who was one of 10 entrants chosen to direct a donation to the organization of his choice.

“Cottonwood is a special place to us. Our family is looking forward to our two boys joining Cottonwood FFA in the future,” McCord said. “This award will make a difference in our school and community.”

The Cottonwood FFA is comprised of 80 to 90 members each year. The FFA chapter has a school farm, where the students raise and sell livestock. It also has greenhouses and is actively selling and donating produce to the community. This allows members to gain hands-on experience, practical skills and prepare them for future careers in agriculture.

Jillian Etress, one of two advisors for the chapter says the money donated from the Farm for Good program will be used towards making improvements to the school farm, such as adding concrete to portions of the barn and purchasing a new cattle chute.

“We just came through a Category 5 hurricane. The kids had worked to build this farm, to build fences and get the barn constructed,” she said. “When the hurricane came through, we pretty much had to start over. The barn was there, but we didn’t have any fence left. It means a lot that we can make these improvements and the students can see a benefit for their hard work.”

Bayer created the Farm for Good Sweepstakes earlier this year to support the many growers who are active in their communities. As part of the program, Southern grower entrants were selected to direct a $5,000 donation to an organization of their choice.

“Our agricultural business at Bayer is based on providing the support growers need agronomically, but we celebrate this opportunity to support them personally,” said Nevada Smith, a regional campaign manager. “Donating to the organizations that matter to them lifts up the rural communities that mean so much to all of us.”

The $50,000 in donations will help provide sports equipment, fire equipment, classroom materials, educational programming and operational support for local organizations. The nine other winning growers and their selected organizations include:
• George Pace Perry Jr., Tunica, Mississippi: Tunica Museum
• Tommie Tidwell, Bragg City, Missouri: Delta C-7 School District
• Clark Carter, Rolling Fork, Mississippi: Sharkey Issaquena 4-H Club
• Brad Petty, Crandall, Georgia: Boys and Girls Club of GMW
• Jason Eaddy, Lake City, South Carolina: Johnsonville Elementary School
• Sammy Howell, Como, North Carolina: Como Volunteer Fire Department
• Lowell Carter, Galivants Ferry, South Carolina: United Way of Horry County
• Louis Heckmann, Wallis, Texas: Wallis Volunteer Fire Department
• Steven Beakley, Ennis, Texas: Ennis High School Softball Department

To enter the sweepstakes, entrants had to grow 250+ acres of row crops in one of the eligible states. No purchase was necessary, and entries were limited to one per person. Winners were selected randomly by a third party.

Learn more about the winners and the organizations that benefit from the Farm for Good sweepstakes at

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