USDA Unveils New Urban Agriculture Toolkit

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team that intends to help entrepreneurs and community leaders use urban agriculture to successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food in their communities. The announcement was made during the opening of a new school community garden at Frederick …

Ag Group, Farming, Food, Urban Agriculture, USDA

Ag Foundations Reach Students at USA Science Festival

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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) and Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation were able to provide important information about where food comes from to approximately 9,000 students and families through their booth at this year’s USA Science & Engineering Festival. The festival, held every two years, is the nation’s largest STEM education event of its kind, with total …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agriculture Education, Beef Checkoff, Education, Farm Bureau, Science, Youth

Culvers To Fund Trips to FFA Convention

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Culver’s has recently announced that they will be hosting the Second Annual FFA Essay Contest to give FFA members across the United States the opportunity to win money toward a trip for their chapter to the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, October 19-22. The four-day event gives more than 60,000 students the chance to grow their chapters, …

Ag Group, Communications, Contest, Education, FFA, Technology

NMPF Welcomes New Hires and Reorganizes Staff

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CIn an effort to further advance the National Milk Producers Federation’s (NMPF) strategic agenda, Emily Meredith, formerly NMPF’s vice president of animal care, has been promoted to chief of staff. NMPF also welcomes two staff to the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) animal care program team. As chief of staff, Meredith will take on new responsibilities for strategic planning, organizational …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Dairy, NMPF

AgChat Acquires Ask the Farmers Initiative

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The AgChat Foundation has reached an agreement with the creators of Ask The Farmers to acquire its websites, trademarks and platforms. “This is an exciting time for both ACF and Ask The Farmers,” said AgChat Foundation Vice-President Marie Bowers-Stagg. “We look forward to continuing their great work by providing the back-office support to help keep the ATF community of bloggers …

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Folta Chosen for Borlaug CAST Communication Award

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The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is pleased to announce Dr. Kevin Folta as the winner of this year’s prestigious Borlaug CAST Communication Award.  Dr. Folta serves as the Chair of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services.  He is a teacher, mentor, researcher and organizer and has a talent …

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Register for the 2016 ARC Annual Meeting

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Registrations are rolling in for the 2016 Ag Relations Council (ARC) Annual Meeting, June 21-23, 2016, in St. Paul, Minnesota. The meeting will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel on the St. Paul riverfront. As always, professional development, tours, the Golden ARC Awards and networking will be on tap! The exciting meeting agenda can be found here. Be sure to …

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AFBF Hosts Webcast On Labor Visa Backlogs

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Delays from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the processing of visas for farm workers are fast approaching crisis proportions, increasing the threat that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall said in a media conference call this week. …

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National FFA Organization Receives 3-Year Grant

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Thanks to the Lilly Endowment Inc. the National FFA Organization will be receiving a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support the mission and vision through their annual convention. The National FFA Convention & Expo returns to Indianapolis this fall, where it will stay until 2024.  The event is considered to be the premier FFA event, with programs and competitions happening …

Ag Group, Education, FFA