Giving Back & Industry Involvement
At Staats, we pride ourselves on being actively involved in our industry and our community. We understand that we are not in business alone. It takes partnerships with industry organizations and people in our community to succeed.
In the fairs and livestock show industry, we have played an active role in various state associations, as well as the International Association of Fairs & Expos (IAFE). Most recently, we have served as the sponsor of the IAFE YPI's Rising Star Award, designed to recognize leadership and industry contributions made by one outstanding individual under the age of 40. We also currently have an employee enrolled in the Institute of Fair Management, and another who is a previous graduate of the program.
With various state fair associations, we have helped to sponsor conventions and seminars, as well as support those events with our active attendance and participation. Staats initiated a scholarship program in three states, in which we donate $1,000 annually to students in each state who have excelled in their education as well as participation in their local fair, and wish to continue with a career in agriculture. Since the scholarship program started, Staats has donated more than $30,000 to help provide education for students in the field of agriculture.
Locally, it starts with our employees who generously donate their time and money to area churches and other community organizations, Staats supports their involvement by providing financial support to their initiatives. Additionally, we strive to give back to our local community by supporting Chamber of Commerce events, school activities, and our local hospital as well as Midwest Old Threshers, our community's largest tourist event.
Whether it's with our industry, or in our local community, we always strive to Leave Our Mark.