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Pioneer® brand A-Series soybeans are the newest varieties that help deliver the highest yields you’ve ever experienced.1 They’re developed by the industry’s most extensive localized soybean breeding and testing program.

Next-generation Farmers

FFA continues to help the next generation meet agriculture’s challenges by helping develop unique skills while exploring a broad range of careers.

To show our commitment to the next generation of farmers and our local soybean research, Pioneer proudly announces the Big A Challenge.

Congratulations to the Top 15 FFA Chapters in the Big A Challenge

Fifteen Iowa and Illinois FFA chapters will showcase their creativity in the Big A Challenge sponsored by Pioneer brand A-Series soybeans, with their masterpieces displayed at the 2019 Farm Press Show in Decatur, Ill.

These chapters will compete to win up to $2,500 for their chapter after a judging panel evaluated their essays and proposed designs for a Big A statue that’s 7’ tall:

The three finalists will be announced in June 2019, with the rankings and prizes announced during the 2019 Farm Progress Show.

1st Place Chapter: $2,500
2nd Place Chapter: $1,500
3rd Place Chapter: $1,000

In addition, the FFA chapter that wins the People’s Choice Award will receive Pioneer® brand A-Series soybeans branded bags for each chapter member.

Big A Challenge Details – ENTRIES ARE CLOSED

For a chance to be one of 15 FFA chapters selected to decorate a Big A, submit an essay (less than 1,000 words) explaining how local farmers benefit from growing A-Series soybeans. Please include examples of how your local Pioneer team helps growers achieve success in their soybean fields and in their community. Finally, describe how your FFA chapter will invest the prize money if you are selected as one of the three finalists.

In addition to the essay outlined above, you must submit your chapter’s proposed design of the Big A. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before getting started on your design:

We encourage your FFA chapter to contact your local Pioneer sales representative to gather insights in preparing the essay and to inspire your design of the Big A — and don’t forget to make sure your local community is represented in the design. Please download the Big A template in order to complete a sketch of your concept to include with your submission.


The essay, Big A design and application form must be submitted by the FFA chapter advisor.* All submissions must be received by Oct. 26, 2018.

Key Dates

Oct. 1, 2018 — Big A Challenge registration opens
Oct. 26, 2018 — Big A Challenge registration closes
Dec. 21, 2018 — Top 15 chapters announced
Feb. 1 – May 3, 2019 — Big A statues decorated by 15 chapters
May 6, 2019 — Deadline to return the decorated Big A statues via pre-paid freight
June 17, 2019 — Top 3 finalists announced
Aug. 27 – 29, 2019 — People’s Choice voting during Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., and prizes awarded to top 3 chapters

Judging Criteria

The <1,000-word essays and proposed Big A designs will be judged on the following criteria:
1 – 15 points — Essay theme
1 – 20 points — Essay writing quality
1 – 20 points — Overall creativity of essay
1 – 20 points — Captures the Pioneer spirit and local community
1 – 25 points — Creativity of submitted design

The 15 FFA chapters with the most points will be selected to decorate a Big A statue that will be displayed at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.

A panel will judge the 15 decorated Big As to select 3 finalists to be recognized during the 2019 Farm Progress Show. The 15 decorated Big A finalists will be judged on the following criteria:

1 – 30 points — Quality of art
1 – 30 points — Pioneer spirit, capturing the essence of Pioneer and showing what Pioneer® brand A-Series soybeans mean to the chapter
1 – 30 points — Community spirit, how well the chapter represented their community in the design
1 – 10 points — Originality of design

The application period for the Big A Challenge closed on Oct. 26, 2018.

Thanks to the FFA chapters that submitted their applications for the Big A Challenge. The 15 chapters selected to design and decorate a Big A statue will be notified on Dec. 21, 2018.

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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest subject to Official Rules available at Open to FFA chapters in Iowa and Illinois. Void where prohibited. Begins September 4, 2018, and ends August 29, 2019. Odds: There is no random element to this contest; chances of winning depend on skill of entrants. Sponsor: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., 7100 NW 62nd Ave., P.O. Box 1050, Johnston, IA 50131.

*Application form must be submitted by FFA chapter advisor. After the 15 FFA chapters are selected, parental consent forms must be signed by all chapter members participating in the Big A Challenge.

1 Data is based on an average of 2016-2017 comparisons made in the U.S. through Nov. 29, 2017. Comparisons are against all competitors, unless otherwise stated, and within +/- 3 RM of the competitive brand. Product responses are variable and subject to any number of environmental, disease and pest pressures. Individual results may vary. Multi-year and multi-location data are a better predictor of future performance. DO NOT USE THIS OR ANY OTHER DATA FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF TRIALS AS A SIGNIFICANT FACTOR IN PRODUCT SELECTION. Refer to or contact a Pioneer sales representative or authorized dealer for the latest and complete listing of traits and scores for each Pioneer® brand product.

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