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Iowa FFA Students Build GoServ Global’s 300th Safe T Home® in Haiti in Memory of Eugene Sukup

LES CAYES, HAITI – For more than two years, Vainceur and his five boys lived in an 8’x10’ tin shack with a tarp roof after Hurricane Matthew destroyed their home. Today, this Haitian family of six has a new place to call home, marking GoServ Global’s 300th Sukup Safe T Home® built in Haiti. This home is extra special because it was built by the Audubon, Iowa FFA team in memory of Sukup Manufacturing Co. founder Eugene Sukup, who died this past summer at the age of 89. Sukup employees donated most of the funds for the Safe T Home®.
“The Safe T Home® really embodies two of our values as a family-owned company – making high quality products from steel and giving back,” shared Steve Sukup, CFO at Sukup. “Building one of these homes in Haiti was a very fitting way to honor my father, Eugene, who founded the company and ingrained these values in it from the beginning.”
Sukup Safe T Home®
After the January 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, Brett Nelson of Sukup Manufacturing came up with the design of the Safe T Home®, measuring 18-feet in diameter and made entirely of metal, making it resistant to
termites and moisture. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti with winds in excess of 145 mph, putting the homes to the test. Yet, all 200 homes prevailed with just minor damage, while the vast majority of traditional homes in the area were destroyed.
Homes like Vainceur’s. The father lost his home, his garden, and a year later his wife passed away, leaving him to raise all five boys alone. Vainceur shared how tough it was following the hurricane, yet today was a good day.
“Right now I feel at peace,” he said. “I learned that I was getting a new home about 3 days ago.”

Vainceur and his five boys lived in this makeshift home for more than two years
after Hurricane Matthew destroyed their house.

Not only was Vainceur touched by the Safe T Home®, so was the team that built it. Eight members of the Audubon FFA along with their advisor, Brittany Elmquist and her husband, Joe, helped build the home along with the family.
“I will not forget the look of pride on [Vainceur’s] face as we handed him his keys for his new Safe T Home,” shared FFA student Grace Christensen.
Eighteen-year-old Jayden Hartl added, “It was humbling to meet a family that had lost nearly everything except for each other. They were driven and doing everything they could to try and get their life back on track.” and doing everything they could to try and get their life back on track.”


Since 2012, nearly 75 FFA students from across the U.S. have served on a GoServ Global mission trip. “I wanted our chapter to be involved in this project to give members the opportunity to exemplify the FFA motto,

‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve’ with emphasis on ‘Living to Serve,’” shared Elm- quist. “Haiti is a country in need and our members knew they could be of assistance with agricultural projects and by having great character to learn the culture and respect those involved.”

After returning from Haiti, the team was so impacted by the trip that the Audubon FFA voted to sponsor Paul, one of the boys they met at the Joshua House Orphanage.

Last year, 325 volunteers served on a GoServ Global mission trip. GoServ Global shares God’s love by responding to disaster, empowering sustainable community development and creating world change through hands-on involvement in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Peru, Uganda, and the United States.
Shortly after GoServ Global began in 2011, the nonprofit connected with Sukup Manufacturing to discuss how the Safe T Home® could help those in need. Not only have 300 homes been built in Haiti, 30 more are being built in Uganda to house refugee orphan children who have fled war-torn South Sudan. Ten homes have also been built in Peru and 10 in Kenya.
The need for homes is great in Haiti as there are countless more families like Vainceur’s. One Safe T Home® costs $7,000 including shipping. To give toward a Safe T Home®, visit

The Audubon FFA Team building the Safe T Home®.

About GoServ Global
A not-for-profit 501c3 organization, GoServ Global was founded in 2011 to care for and support both the physical and spiritual needs of those impacted by humanitarian disasters around the world. In the U.S., GoServ Global provides immediate response to natural disasters bringing hearts, hands and heavy equipment to help victims heal from damage to property and spirit. Internationally, GoServ Global responds to emergency situations then identifies opportunities to create lasting solutions for long-term humanitarian needs. See more about ongoing projects in Haiti, Peru, India, Guatemala, Uganda, and the U.S. by visiting

Sukup Manufacturing Co.

Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space.

The company employs more than 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business. Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters,

The Audubon FFA Team built a Safe T Home® for a family of six in Haiti.

stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports. Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings.

Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.



The AgriFly mobile app is an easy-to-use platform through which growers and retailers can simply submit an assignment detailing their acreage which is then dropped onto a map. Operators can browse through open positions and share their in-app profiles to those of their interest. From there, the growers can select their preferred operator for the job. Features like detailed profile and job history screens make it an all-encompassing database fit for serious agricultural professionals.

Since the launch of the AgriFlyNetwork app, crop dusters can now connect with farmers, retailers, and crop experts quicker than ever.

“I saw there was a need for operators to reach employers more efficiently,” says Jeff Wagenknecht, Founder of AgriFlyNetwork, Inc. and industry veteran in aerial application. “Operators in the field tend to keep within their circle, and that can limit opportunities for work. AgriFly streamlines the process by allowing operators to grow their base by working outside of their usual radius, and by allowing growers to find reputable, qualified operators right in their backyard that they may not have found otherwise.”

Comparable to the pin-on-map format of popular ride-share apps, farmers and retailers simply submit a detailed assignment of the acres needing application. The location is then dropped on a map.

 Crop dusters can scan the open positions and share their in-app profiles to ones they are interested in. From there, the farmer can select the operator he prefers for the job. The app includes features like detailed profile and job history screens to make it an all-encompassing database.

During the company’s first year, farmers and retailers can earn 15¢ per acre by using AgriFly. The one-year subscription fee for crop dusters is $5,500, which equates to 40¢ per acre acquired through AgriFly. The subscription also comes with a guaranteed end-of-year reimbursement if fewer than 3,000 acres are acquired. In addition, the company says crop dusters will save $3,000 in the first year if they sign up for the app.

To learn more about AgriFlyNetwork, Inc., visit



Purdue Students Launch Drone Startup To Help Reduce Farming Costs

Aerial Agriculture LLC, a startup company launched by Purdue University students, aims to revolutionize the agricultural industry by building drones in-house to capture multispectral images of entire crop fields. This technology could allow farmers to reduce excess fertilizer and input costs while simultaneously increasing yields.

Aerial Agriculture LLC, a tech startup founded by undergraduate students in Purdue’s College of Engineering, developed and piloted agricultural drones that can capture specialized images of entire crop fields. The drones captured images can be stitched together into maps, which are direct representations of the crops’ health. The technology ultimately reduces input costs and increases farmers’ yields.

Aerial Agriculture uses specialized cameras to convert images into valuable vegetation indices that represent crop health and allow agronomists to determine the amount of nitrogen and fertilizer that needs to be applied in specific locations throughout the field.

“Our technology can pinpoint crop areas that need more attention, which allows farmers to then apply more inputs and address potential crop issues immediately, as opposed to after the fact,” said Austin Deardorff, Aerial Agriculture co-founder and a student in Purdue’s College of Engineering. “We expect our clients to get a full return on their investment, if not make money from using our service.”

Other members of the startup include Justin Kinney, Tyler Landers, Justin Sutcliff, Taylor Wetli, Angelo DeFlora, Suzanne Bagnoli and Paul Pratt, all undergraduate students in the College of Engineering.

“Justin brought up the topic of drones being used in agriculture and how expensive this process can be,” Deardorff said. “Tyler mentioned that he has been building drones since eighth grade and can make them much cheaper, get them to fly longer, and can equip them to take better images. From there, we began product development, and here we are now.”

Deardorff and his team have recently upgraded their camera and can now collect four different spectral bands with extremely precise data.

“Our drones make it so we are able to stitch images together in maps to show the crops’ health in a precise and easy-to-read manner. Our products and services also increase environmental sustainability because we are implementing autonomous technology and use less harmful inputs,” Deardorff said. “We want to become the only agriculture drone service company in Indiana and begin expanding to multiple states with longer growing seasons.”

Aerial Agriculture has received funding through various sources at the Purdue Foundry, an entrepreneurship and commercialization accelerator located in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Purdue’s Discovery Park. The team took first place and $5,000 at Purdue’s Boiler Mini-Accelerator Competition earlier this year. The company recently received $20,000 in the latest round of funding from Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund First-Tier Black Awards.

Writer: Belia Mercado,

Media contact: Hillary Henry, Purdue Research Foundation, 765-588-3586,

Source: Austin Deardorff,