Growing America’s Farmers (GAF) is a scholarship-based program whose goal is to draw young adults into production agriculture. A third-generation farmer who recognizes the need to continue production agriculture at the family farm in Glennville, Georgia, Walt Dasher also understands the need for the younger generation to see the value of continuing production ag.Read More
When you support Growing America’s Farmers (GAF), you’re supporting young people who will become tomorrow’s farmers. The average age of today’s farmer is 57 years-old and fewer people are pursuing agriculture-related caeers. Without a sufficient number of farmers, our country could face many serious problems in the decades to come.Learn More About Our Mission
Growing America’s Farmers is committed to sound fiscal responsibility. We are proud of our program and the anticipated impact it will have on the lives of tomorrow’s farmers. We will honestly report how well we are fulfilling our mission to empower the next generation of farmers. If you choose to support our fundraising effort, it will be a worthy investment in the future of American agriculture.Contact Us Today
Participating retailers in 30 states are contributing a percentage of sales from this year’s crop of Vidalia Onions to support Growing America’s Farmers (GAF), a non-profit foundation that provides college scholarships through the National Future Farmers of America Organization.
Total proceeds are not yet complete but GAF Founder Walt Dasher said scholarship recipients have been announced by a wide range of FFA state chapters where many of the participating retailers are located.
We’re both excited and appreciative of the wonderful support we have received from retail partners from around the country,” said Dasher, a third-generation farmer and partner in G&R Farms, Georgia’s oldest grower of Vidalia Onions. “This is a combined effort made possible by the commitment of many national retailers to help us award scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing careers in production agriculture.
“This is GAF’s first full year of operation and the response has exceeded our expectations. We will continue to work diligently with our retail partners and the National FFA Organization to increase awareness about the steady decline of young people who are interested in production ag career opportunities.”
The current average age of a U.S. farmer is 58 years old and rising. By comparison, the average age of a farmer was only 50 in 1987. Dasher said this has become a growing trend and GAF’s primary goal is to encourage and recruit young adults to become tomorrow’s leaders in the field of production agriculture.
In 2017, G&R Farms entered an agreement with the National FFA Organization to provide college scholarships from a percentage of its Vidalia onion sales. This marked the beginning of GAF and a multi-tier effort to involve retailers who support educational opportunities for young people aspiring to become America’s future farmers.
GAF serves today’s youth with scholarship funding through a partnership with the Future Farmers of America. Learn more by reviewing the GAF Profile.
When you become a corporate partner of Growing America’s Future, you join a community of companies that share our vision to encourage and empower tomorrow’s farmers. Together, we can make a difference. Strategic partnerships can be tailored to your needs and our structure allows you to execute a campaign that works best for your company.
Cause Marketing is a win-win situation for companies and their customers. It provides an easy way for consumers to support a cause they love, generates great awareness about GAF and provides scholarship funds for our non-profit mission through our partnership with the Future Farmers of America. It is also an excellent public relations tool with the potential to increase sales for your company.
More and more of today’s consumers respect and support companies that engage in corporate social responsibility. Plus, they are willing to make contributions that will positively impact their communities. In fact, studies show that a majority of U.S. consumers are likely to switch brands to one associated with a cause, given comparable price and quality.
GAF offers companies the opportunity to conduct a national marketing campaign that can be executed at the grassroots level. Whether it’s through product sales, point of sale activities or other options, please contact us today at 912.654.2100 to discuss whether a cause marketing program benefiting GAF could be a great sales opportunity for your company.
G&R Farms new FFA onion bins featured in select Kroger Stores (L-R) Pictured with G&R Farms' new FFA onions bins in Kroger are Gary Black, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture; Katrina Jones, executive director of the Georgia FFA Foundation; Bruce Lucia, Atlanta division president of Kroger Co.; and Walt Dasher, co-owner of G&R Farms.
Community fundraisers in support of GAF’s mission can generate funding that will be used for scholarships and other worthwile programs offered through our partnership with the Future Farmers of America.
Create brand awareness through the sponsorship of scholarships for young people pursuing a career in production agriculture. We invite you to be a part of the various sponsorship and marketing opportunities that will become available through GAF. Looking ahead, this could be an excellent way to build brand loyalty, attract new customers and showcase your commitment to supporting the future of agriculture.
Q: Why should my company support GAF?
A: The future of tomorrow’s farming generation needs your help. By providing a direct contribution or supporting GAF with a percentage of sales donation will enable the Future Farmers of America organization to offer scholarships to young people who pursue a career in production agriculture.
Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?
A: Contributions to Growing America’s Farmers may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.
Q: Who do I contact if I have questions?
A: If you have any questions about creating a fundraising project please call 912.654.2100. For program specific questions, please contact the Future Farmers of America at
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/give.