The John Deere Foundation supports scholarships, key programs, and faculty development at more than 40 colleges and universities in the United States. We focus our efforts on the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business.
Our support for education reaches around the world, as well. In Germany, for instance, John Deere supports an internship program designed to acquaint young Russian farmers with western technology. And we provide assistance to an annual gathering of young scientists from all over the world who meet to discuss their Masters or Ph.D. theses on issues related to American studies.
Formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, FFA is a national youth organization with more than 500,000 student members. FFA prepares members for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.
John Deere is one of the largest and longest continuous sponsors of National FFA, supporting the organization for more than 60 years. We support such National FFA programs as LifeKnowledge, Consortium, National Officers Leadership Training, the Turfgrass Management Proficiency Award, the Forest Management Proficiency Award, the Farm Business Management Career Development Event, and the Ornamental Horticulture Specialist Award.
John Deere is an active, long-time supporter of Junior Achievement (JA).
JA educates students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs. We support those programs in communities where we have large operating units and a major employee presence. John Deere employees also regularly volunteer to teach Junior Achievement curriculum at schools, sharing their own experiences with students.
Internationally, the Foundation is a major sponsor of the Junior Achievement AgroMESE Challenge in Argentina since 2007.
MANRRS stands for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. The organization promotes agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences to ethnic minorities. John Deere serves as a corporate advisor for MANRRS, as well as a major sponsor for the annual MANRRS National Conference.
SkillsUSA is a partnership between students, teachers, and industry to develop a highly skilled technical workforce. Students can augment their education with training in leadership, teambuilding skills, citizenship, and character development. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.
John Deere is a national sponsor of the program. The company also sponsors SkillsUSA's national mechanics award contest and national small engines contest.