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United Dairymen of Arizona, Pfizer Animal Health Support Arizona State FFA Association

More Than $2.38 Million Donated Nationally Through the Program Since 2008

NEW YORK — November 12, 2010 — With the help of its producers and Pfizer Animal Health, the United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) contributed more than $7,500 this spring to the Arizona FFA Association — making it one of the top five contributors to the FFA through this program across the nation.

“There is a longstanding natural affinity between dairy producers and the FFA in Arizona,” Frances Lechner of the association. “For the United Dairymen of Arizona, the chance to do something for this fine program while buying quality products was a perfect match.”

This spring alone, Pfizer Animal Health and its retail partners across the country contributed more than $830,000 to help support FFA programs and fund American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Foundation/Pfizer Veterinary Student Scholarships. Since its inception in 2008, the total amount donated through the Pfizer Animal Health FFA/AABP support program is more than $2.38 million.

Contributions from the UDA went directly to the Arizona FFA Association, which used the funds to help sponsor career development events, two dairy proficiency awards and provide need-based scholarships for FFA students to attend conferences and camps.

“Financial support always helps us provide more opportunities for students, but the industries and companies who support us are really indicative of the tie we’re seeking to maintain and develop with the community,” says Tyler Grandil, executive secretary of the Arizona FFA Association. “These students are our future workforce, leadership and policy makers in agriculture.”

More than 1,100 veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dealers from across the country participated in the program, which offered a rebate on Pfizer Animal Health cattle products purchased during the first part of 2010. Participating partners were able to direct the funds to any local FFA chapter or the AABP Foundation/Pfizer Veterinary Student Scholarship Program.

The program is part of Pfizer Animal Health’s Commitment to Veterinarians, an initiative supporting veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investment in the future of the veterinary profession.  

The UDA is an agricultural milk marketing cooperative incorporated in 1960, and the organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. 
 
About Pfizer Animal Health 
Pfizer Animal Health, a business of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines, investing an estimated $300 million annually in animal health product research and development.  For more information about how Pfizer Animal Health works to ensure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy livestock and poultry; or helps companion animals and horses to live longer, healthier lives, visit www.PfizerAH.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Becky Lambert
Pfizer Animal Health
973-660-5810

Jennifer Ryan
Bader Rutter
970-689-3385

Frances Lechner
United Dairymen of Arizona
480-966-7211