From AGCO, A Helping Hand
AGCO Corporation and its employees give time and money for causes around the world.
At AGCO, we count ourselves lucky to work in the field of agriculture, where folks are as generous and helpful as they come. We do our best to live up to that standard with a variety of charitable and community development initiatives of our own. From Africa to North America, South America to Europe, and beyond, we not only give money to these efforts, but our time as well, as AGCO supports employees who wish to volunteer during company hours.
Here are a just a few of our ongoing projects:
AGCO is one of FFA’s longest-standing sponsors, with 2012 representing 67 years of support. During this time, AGCO has provided more than $1.2 million to the organization, with individual dealers contributing in addition.
During the 2012-2013 FFA scholarship year, AGCO and 60 local Massey Ferguson, Challenger and Gleaner dealers will distribute a total of 120 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. The local scholarship program, which AGCO launched in 2011, has seen tremendous support from dealers with four new dealerships joining the effort for the 2012-13 scholarship year.
Supporting the scholarship program is just one way the company and its employees express their appreciation for FFA and today’s youth. AGCO’s corporate involvement also includes the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., and has a recruiting presence at the Collegiate Career Fair.
For more about FFA, click here.
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
AGCO Corporation provides sponsorship for Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, helping promote a safe farm environment and prevent health hazards, injuries and fatalities to youth on the farm.
For more about Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, click here.
Since 2003, AGCO volunteers have trained almost 300 low-income, at-risk youth through the Pescar Project in Brazil. The program teaches students job-related skills in mechanical production, engineering, facility administration and information technology. To date 75% of Pescar graduates have secured jobs upon graduation, including some who have accepted positions w/in AGCO.
Through the Red Tractor program in the U.K., Massey Ferguson maintains, develops and promotes standards throughout the food industry, giving consumers a means of recognizing quality, safe and affordable food.
For more information about Red Tractor, click here.
AGCO donated a Massey Ferguson 435 with a disk plow and disk harrow to the Plant-A-Seed Foundation. The non-profit organization uses the tractor to support the Kabale Trinity College in Uganda. Most of the school’s 1,350 students have lost their parents due to wars, disease or famine. The tractor will be used for tilling fields, moving dirt and transporting food to and from the market.
For more about Plant-a-Seed, click here.
AGCO recently launched a 150-hectare Future Farm and learning center near Lusaka, Zambia, to help empower farmers to improve their food production levels. Small to medium-scale farmers with limited access to modern farming will benefit from training that ranges from basic agronomy to general mechanization.
Large-scale farmers can take advantage of training on high-specification tractors and harvesting equipment, including precision farming technology. As Africa’s population is set to rise to 2 billion by 2050, the need for mechanization, training, financing, service and support for small and medium scale farmers has never been greater.
For more about the AGCO Future Farm and the company’s other sustainable farming efforts in Africa, click here.