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FFA 85th National Convention
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Over $63,000 Raised at Alumni Benefit Auction

November 5, 2012 (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – United Country Auction Services lent its support to the National Future Farmers of America 85th National FFA Convention & Expo by conducting their annual FFA Alumni Benefit Auction and Tailgate on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Indianapolis, Ind. The auction offered 10 items and raised over $63,000 in less than 40 minutes.

“United Country has been wonderful about helping FFA members on a local, state and national level,” said Amber Smyer, project manager for the National FFA Alumni Association. “Our partnership has grown over the years, and we are thrilled to have the guidance and experience of United Country and the talent of its auctioneers. Without this wonderful partnership we would not have been able to achieve success with our live and silent auctions over the years.”

Among the 10 items up for bid at the event were a 2013 Ford F150 truck, a tractor/bailer lease package and a Holland “Rustler” 4x4 ATV. The funds raised during the auction will be awarded to FFA members across the country to help defray registration costs to attend leadership and personal development trainings in 2013.

“At United Country we are extremely proud and honored to have the Future Farmers of America as our partner,” said Shawn Terrel, auctioneer and vice president of United Country Auction Services. “We look forward to continuing our work with local FFA chapters across the country and, attending the 2013 FFA Alumni Benefit Auction at the National Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.”

The theme of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo was “We Engage.” This advocacy focused convention had many new firsts, but continued its focused goal of supporting and sustaining FFA and agricultural education.

“I am thrilled and excited about the work in progress the national council, national staff and FFA Alumni members have made,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the National FFA Alumni Association. “This year’s convention provided us the opportunity to engage the 56,000 convention attendees in new and unique ways through the tailgate and live auction, the expo booth and the FFA Dance. I was over whelmed by the efforts of staff, council and countless volunteers who made FFA Alumni a visible and fun part of the convention experience.”

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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 www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About United Country Auction Services

United Country Auction Services is a division of United Country Real Estate, the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States and Latin America. The company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 550 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,000 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), multiple United Country real estate catalogs with national distribution , an extensive buyer database and national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by Franchise Business Review, AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies.

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