Brian and Laurie Field have experienced and witnessed the impact that FFA can have on an individual — or in their case, multiple generations.
They are lifetime supporters and, through the help of the National FFA Foundation, gave a generous gift of stock in 2021 to Oregon FFA, Colorado FFA and National FFA. “The gift and the complication of donating appreciated equity funds was made very simple by National FFA for the benefit of all entities,” explained the Fields.
They want to see their gift — which will be used right away instead of being deferred — support and educate school administrators on the benefits of FFA.
Brian and Laurie, who are FFA alumni, met in college. Their three daughters were in agriculture classes in high school; Bailey and Madison were active in Oregon FFA leadership programs. Bailey was state sentinel, earned her American FFA Degree, and is a former agriculture teacher.
Brian’s father Robert became involved in FFA in the 1940s and served as Colorado’s state secretary. Brian, his brother John, and their sister Kelley (Field) Sanburg were all involved in FFA, became state officers in Colorado and all three achieved the American Farmer degree. The Fields and their father all shared the same FFA advisor over a span of almost 40 years.
After watching the impact that FFA had on their family, Brian and Laurie started donating time and finances to the Oregon FFA Foundation, the Colorado FFA Foundation and National FFA to help more students fulfill their potential.
“Over the years, we have seen countless people dedicate their lives to develop leaders in agriculture,” Brian and Laurie say. “We see this as our way of paying it forward and continuing that legacy.” The Fields continue to contribute their time and talents to FFA through mentoring state officers and judging Career Development Events (CDEs). FFA continues as a way of life for the Fields and it’s a lifestyle they want to see grow through their support.
“When you cross paths with a leader in agriculture, chances are they came from an FFA program,” Brian and Laurie say.