Focus on the Next Generation

Jamie Bultemeier is awarded the Honorary American Degree.

The staff at A&L Great Lakes works together as a team to support local and regional charities and programs as part of the ongoing commitment of the Benevolence Committee to support worthy causes. In addition to the work of the Benevolence Committee, many of the staff members reach out on their own to support worthy causes.

Jamie Bultemeier, ALGL Agronomist and Corporate Sales Director, has a passion for the National FFA Organization, known to many as the Future Farmers of America. For Jamie, the FFA is an organization that helped him build and develop his passion for agriculture. In order to help develop that passion in others, he has supported the National FFA Agronomy Career Development Event and its development for the better part of 20 years alongside a team of fellow agronomists from across the country. This event provides an opportunity to FFA members to develop key knowledge and skills to help them succeed in their future.

This past October, the National FFA Organization bestowed upon Jamie their highest honor by awarding him the Honorary American Degree. The American Degree is a time honored tradition of the FFA to identify those members that have demonstrated the highest dedication to the organization, and those who have made significant achievements within their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE’s). The Honorary American Degree is an extension of this, given by the National FFA Organization to honor former members and supporters that continue to embody this level of dedication by developing the next generation of professionals.

If you ask Jamie what drives him every day, he will respond without hesitation by reciting the FFA Creed, “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.”

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