CALDWELL, Idaho — A $20,000 gift from Ram Truck will be used to provide Idaho FFA state officers with new trucks they can drive while on official business.
Regional Ram advocate Tyke Marostica presented FFA officials with a ceremonial check at the local dealership in Caldwell Nov. 25. The real check was received last week.
“This is huge; it shows that Ram believes in the things we are doing for high school ag education students across the state,” said Idaho FFA Foundation Chairman Kevin Barker.
The money will be used to lease three Ram trucks that the Idaho FFA’s six state officers can use while they travel across the state on official FFA business.
The officers, who currently use their own vehicles to travel to meet with FFA students and industry representatives, put a lot of mileage in during their one-year term, said Idaho FFA Treasurer McKenzie Forsberg.
“We’ve been using our own vehicles, some of us driving over hundreds of miles a week,” she said. “With this contribution from Ram, we’ll be able to reach out more, cover a bigger area and advocate for agriculture more thoroughly.”
The money will provide FFA officers with trucks for multiple years.
“It’s going to provide an opportunity for a lot of us to … see more chapters and get more time with our members, which is what we really strive to do,” Erin Shenk, state reporter, said.
The trucks, which will be ready within the next month, will have a bold FFA wrap and be easy to spot.
“This is a huge gift and it will be a big help for the Idaho FFA, for the state officers and for promoting FFA statewide,” said Idaho FFA Foundation Executive Director Laura Wilder.
Ram officials presented a check for the same amount to Oregon FFA earlier this year and will present a similar check to Washington FFA before the end of the year, Marostica said.
Marostica said the truck program is a regional Ram initiative and follows up on the company’s support of the national FFA that began with this year’s Ram Truck Super Bowl ad that featured legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” tribute.
“We said, if we’re going to do this, let’s put our money where … the rubber meets the road,” said Marostica, who grew up on a family farm in nearby Parma, Idaho. “We wanted to do what we could at a local level.”