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National FFA awards Stevens with Honorary American FFA Degree

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  INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 14, 2019) — Retiring Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) CEO Jane Ade Stevens received an Honorary American FFA Degree on Nov. 1 during the National FFA Organization’s annual convention in Indianapolis.


This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve the success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation.


“I’m a big believer in the leadership training and opportunities FFA provides for young people across the country,” Ade Stevens said. “I am honored to receive this award from FFA, and I’m doubly honored that I should receive this award during the 50th anniversary of young women being allowed to participate in FFA. I’ve always been an advocate of opportunities for women in agriculture, and I’m very happy to see so many involved here at the convention.”


Ade Stevens has worked with the Indiana corn and soybean checkoff organizations for more than 30 years. She has served as CEO for the groups since 2010. Ade Stevens last day with ISA and ICMC is Dec. 31, 2019. Courtney Kingery, who was raised on a farm in White County, Ind., was named the checkoffs’ new CEO in August, and she began her service on Oct. 1.


The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. Members of the National FFA Organization’s board of directors approved the nomination. All recipients will receive a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded.


The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the United States.




The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds and the development of sound policies that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA is working to build new markets for soybeans through the promotion of grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, biofuels, environmental programs and new uses for soybeans. ISA is led by an elected farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana soybean farmers and promotes policies on behalf of the nearly 600 dues-paying members. Learn more at


The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of Hoosier corn growers and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting, farmer directors and seven appointed industry and government representatives who direct investments of corn checkoff funds on behalf of more than 28,000 Indiana corn farmers. The ICMC works to build new markets for corn through the promotion of grain marketing, livestock, production research, ethanol, and environmental programs. Learn more at


This communication was funded with Indiana soybean and Indiana corn checkoff dollars.