Syngenta Heartland Laser Tour Benefits FFA Chapters

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• $10,000 donated to participating FFA chapters • Syngenta Heartland Laser Tour traveled through the Midwest • Tour shared science and mentored future of agriculture

The Syngenta Heartland Laser Tour rolled through the Midwest in March.

The FFA students are the future of agriculture...

Syngenta Crop Protection announced today a donation of $10,000 to members of the National FFA Organization, signifying the completion of the 2011 Heartland Laser Tour. Ten local FFA chapters assisted Syngenta at laser light show events held March 3 through March 27 that featured the science behind Plant Performance™. Each chapter is receiving a donation of $1,000 for its participation.

“The students were able to interact with Syngenta representatives to learn more about the company and possible career opportunities,” said Olivia Clark, FFA advisor for Christian County High School in Hopkinsville, Ky. “The donation from Syngenta will help with FFA events such as funding to participate in contests, the annual member-parent banquet and other events held throughout the year.”

The purpose of the Heartland Laser Tour is about sharing the science behind Plant Performance and agriculture. “The FFA students are the future of agriculture and ambassadors to the 98 percent of the population not involved in our industry,” said Wendell Calhoun, Syngenta communication manager. “We want to keep them engaged, and one way we can help is by showing them what different careers in agriculture can look like through interaction with the local Syngenta sales representatives.”

Traveling through the states of Ohio, Kentucky, southern Iowa, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and Missouri, the Heartland Laser Tour highlighted Quadris®, Quilt Xcel® and Quilt® fungicides, while providing an educational and entertaining laser show. The tour allowed the communities to learn more about these products, Syngenta and agriculture.

“I thought the Heartland Laser Tour was a great event to have in Mexico, Mo.,” said Stephanie Gutshall, FFA advisor for Mexico High School. “The community members who attended really seemed to enjoy the show and they learned about agriculture.”

For more information about Plant Performance and a montage of footage from the 2011 Heartland Laser Tour, visit and follow us on Twitter @SyngentaUS and

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Molly Alderfer
Gibbs & Soell Inc.
malderfer(at)gibbs-soell(dot)com, 919-870-5718

Wendell Calhoun
Syngenta Crop Protection
wendell(dot)calhoun(at)syngenta(dot)com, 336-632-2649

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