History of the FFA Enrichment Center
Since 1991, there have been several fundraising campaigns to accomplish the Iowa FFA Foundation’s dream to build the FFA Enrichment Center. Through tireless efforts by capital campaign members, FFA members and chapters, and numerous individuals the FFA Enrichment Center celebrated groundbreaking for the new Center on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) campus on October 8, 2007.
In early 2010, the FFA Enrichment Center opened their new doors to the FFA, Des Moines Area Community College, and the general public. The FFA Enrichment Center dedication and open house was held on April 17, 2010 and welcomed nearly 400 people to take their first look at the exciting, new and innovative conference center, Iowa FFA Foundation headquarters, and DMACC’s Agricultural teaching facility.
Designed to promote leadership development, personal growth and career success for both high school and college-age Iowa youth, the FFA Enrichment Center has unique tools and resources to enhance the educational experience. Some examples include computer and science laboratories, future fiber optic connectivity for long-distance learning, recreational/exhibit space and breakout rooms for groups of all sizes. In addition, the 60,000 square foot center offers state-of-the-art conference center facilities that can seat more than 500 participants.
The FFA Enrichment Center is the result of a vision of hard work from the Iowa FFA Foundation leaders, statewide Iowa FFA Chapters, agribusiness and other industry sponsors and DMACC officials who are dedicated to Iowa youth and agriculture. The letters "FFA" stood for Future Farmers of America; however, in 1988 the official name of the organization was changed from "Future Farmers of America" to "The National FFA Organization" to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.
Crystal level sponsors provided financial support towards the FFA Enrichment Center and included Stine Seed Company, Dennis & Susan Albaugh, City of Ankeny, Des Moines Area Community College, Monsanto Company, and Iowa Farm Bureau. Additional key sponsors included John Deere Des Moines Works & John Deere Credit; Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business; Terra Industries; Cargill; GROWMARK, Inc.; Nationwide Foundation/Allied Insurance; and Steve Juelsgaard.
The prestigious "High 5" status is granted to FFA chapters that fund-raise at minimum $5,000 for the FFA Enrichment Center. The following chapters have been granted "High 5" status: Adair-Casey FFA Chapter at Adair, Algona FFA Chapter, Audubon FFA Chapter, Benton Community FFA Chapter at Van Horne, Boone A&M FFA Chapter, Carroll Area FFA Chapter, Central Lee FFA Chapter at Donnellson, Collins-Maxwell FFA Chapter at Maxwell, Colo-Nesco FFA Chapter at Colo, Columbus FFA Chapter at Columbus Junction, East Sac FFA Chapter at Lake View, Elk Horn-Kimballton FFA Chapter at Elk Horn, Emmetsburg FFA Chapter, Fairfield FFA Chapter, Harlan FFA Chapter, Louise-Muscatine FFA Chapter at Letts, Lynnville Sully FFA Chapter at Sully, Maple Valley FFA Chapter at Mapleton, Monticello FFA Chapter, Nashua-Plainfield FFA Chapter at Nashua, Newton FFA Chapter, Northeast Hamilton FFA Chapter at Blairsburg, Panorama FFA Chapter at Panora, Pleasantville FFA Chapter, Prairie Valley FFA Chapter at Gowrie, Reno Smith FFA Chapter at Villisca, Seymour FFA Chapter, Southeast Polk FFA Chapter at Pleasant Hill, Tri-Center FFA Chapter at Neola, Wapsie Valley FFA Chapter at Fairbank, West Liberty FFA Chapter, West Lyon FFA Chapter at Inwood, and Winterset FFA Chapter.