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January 22, 2013

Sigourney Tractor and FFA to award scholarships to local FFA members

INDIANAPOLIS — Sigourney Tractor and Implement announced they are partnering with John Deere and FFA to award college scholarships to local FFA members. This is the inaugural year of the John Deere Dealer Scholarship Program, which is administered by The National FFA Organization. The program will award up to $250,000 in local scholarships annually.

Sigourney Tractor and John Deere are sponsoring three $2,000 scholarships through the National FFA Scholarship program. These scholarships will provide financial aid to FFA members attending two or four year colleges. "Education is crucial to the continued success of agriculture and we are proud to partner with the FFA to help students achieve their dreams" said Bob Sinclair, owner of Sigourney Tractor.

"We are thrilled to be part of this program with John Deere," said Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation. "John Deere and FFA share a commitment to provide educational opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry."

These scholarships are among the more than 1,500 awarded through the National FFA Organization Scholarship Program each year. Currently, more than 125 corporate sponsors generously contribute nearly $2 million to support this program. Scholarship applications are available online through Feb. 15 at www.FFA.org/Scholarships.

John Deere is one of the largest and longest continuous sponsors of the National FFA Foundation, providing support for 70 years. The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Sigourney Tractor is a full service John Deere Dealership with Iowa Locations in Sigourney, Bloomfield and Centerville. In addition they operate Napa Auto Parts Dealerships in Sigourney, Centerville and Williamsburg; Provide Agronomic Consulting to Farmers through their Yield Force Subsidiary; and Sell and Service Computers and Networks through their Silotech Subsidiary. For more information go to www.sigourneytractor.com.

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