MN FFA, DISH join forces to promote agricultural education, leadership


FFA members who promote DISH to friends and family receive $200 per new activation for their local chapter, state foundation and national organization


The Minnesota FFA Foundation has teamed up with DISH to launch a new ambassador program that enables FFA members to generate money for their chapters by referring friends and family to DISH. Now, for every new customer who signs up through the DISH Ambassador Program, FFA will receive $200.

“We value the investment that DISH is making in Minnesota members. Our students are preparing to be leaders in their local communities and in agriculture. We recognize DISH as a leader in providing high-quality service and technology while offering its customers great programming,” said Val Aarsvold, executive director, Minnesota FFA Foundation. “This partnership will provide resources to grow programs for Minnesota’s nearly 11,000 members.”

The DISH Ambassador Program for FFA was unveiled at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo in October. Through the program, FFA students will receive a special DISH phone number and local FFA chapter code to share with family and friends. FFA will receive $200 for any new customer who signs up for DISH using the designated hotline and provides the local chapter code at the time of purchase. For every resulting DISH activation, $100 will go to the member’s local chapter, while the Minnesota FAA Foundation and National FFA Foundation will each receive $50.

Members can call 1-855-FFA-DISH to activate a new DISH account. Local chapters can promote their chapter code so that the support is directed towards their chapter, or the DISH operators will assist in lining up the support with the customer’s preferred chapter.

“Many DISH employees were once FFA members who have grown to be leaders at our company,” said Amir Ahmed, senior vice president of sales at DISH. “Through this initiative, DISH hopes to provide FFA with resources they can use to invest in the next generation of leaders in science, technology and agriculture. DISH has a long history of serving rural communities and helping FFA develop future leaders is a natural next step in our ongoing commitment to small towns across America.

The Minnesota FFA Foundation plays a vital role in providing resources to support the important work of agricultural education and the FFA. Students enrolled in career and technical education classes — which includes agricultural education — graduate at a rate of 91 percent. That’s nearly 10 percent higher than the statewide average.

For more information on this program, including a guide to chapter codes, visit or

The mission of the Minnesota FFA Foundation to secure strategic partnerships and financial resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in agricultural education.

DISH Network Corporation is a connectivity company. Since 1980, DISH has served as the disruptive force in the pay-TV industry, driving innovation and value on behalf of consumers. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides television entertainment and award-winning technology to millions of customers with its satellite DISH TV and streaming Sling TV services. DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is a Fortune 200 company.


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