The Future is Bright for FFA Star Finalists

Kelly Marshall

Becoming an FFA American Star Finalist is no small accomplishment.  At the recent National FFA Convention Jamie Johansen spoke with three outstanding young people whose hard work and commitment have brought them this far. Benjamin Neindick from Missouri represented Wellingtin-Napolean FFA chapter in the Ag Business category.  Neindick began baling and selling straw bales the summer of his 8th grade …

Ag Group, Award, FFA

Leadership From Ourselves

Kelly Marshall

Elizabeth Winklosky is the Pennsylvania State FFA Treasurer and as her state office indicates, Winklosky believes in leadership. “I’m passionate about how we can make the members into leaders and how they can go out and educate the public on what agriculture really is.  And just being able to have good leaders that come from FFA and striking their passion from …

Ag Group, Events, FFA

That Blue Corduroy Jacket

Kelly Marshall

Luke Kerstetter, Pennsylvania State Sentinel, sat down with Jamie Johansen at the National FFA Convention to talk about what he is passionate about in agriculture. “I’m passionate about agriculture education, because as the growing population [of the world will reach] 9 billion, we need to figure out ways to implement better technology into farming as well as agriculture science and biotechnology. …

#Feedthe9, Ag Group, Audio, FFA

Sustainable Ag Expo Educates Growers

Kelly Marshall

The 11th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo will be held November 16-17, 2015, at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The expo, hosted by the Vineyard Team, promises educational information for growers of many crops. “The Expo started as a way to explore various issues affecting different types of ag professionals,” said Kris Beal, Executive Director for The …

Ag Group, Education, Energy, Events, pesticides, Soil, Sustainability, Water

The FFA Hunger Games

Jamie Johansen

Inspiring young people to take action was the central theme of the National FFA Organization’s Food For All booth at the 88th National FFA Convention. As students entered the FFA Hunger Games they were challenged to a number of optical courses and educated on two program’s they can take part in at home to help fight hunger. I spoke with …

Ag Group, FFA, Food, Food Security

There is a Future for Agriculture

Kelly Marshall

Rachel Greig has been part of the FFA program for 7 years and intends to make it part of her life for many years to come.  She attended the 2015 National FFA Convention this year as Pennsylvania’s State FFA Secretary and you can hear her passion for the future of agriculture in her interview with Jamie Johansen.   “My passion …

Ag Group, Audio, FFA

NeATA Asks Farmers to Save the Date

Kelly Marshall

The University of Nebraska is asking farmers to mark their calendars for the upcoming Nebraska Agricultural Technologies Association Conference.  The event will be held February 3-4 in Lincoln, NE at a new locations in the Nebraska Innovation Campus Center.  The keynote speaker for the conference will be Governor Pete Ricketts. You can follow the NeATA on Facebook and Twitter for …

Ag Group, Events, Technology

Deputy Ag Secy Harden Believes FFA is the Difference

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden attended her first National FFA Convention and took the stage to address FFA members during the third general session of the 88th annual event. She said she doesn’t use prepared notes but her message was clear. She believes in the future of agriculture and doesn’t just think FFA members will make a difference. She believes …

Ag Group, Audio, FFA, USDA

Webinar for Farm Transition Planning

Kelly Marshall

Ag Transition Partners, and American Agri-Women (AAW) are hosting a no-cost farm transition webinar to help producers plan for the future.  Three webinars are planned and on-site or virtual coaching and action templates will be provided as well. The first webinar is already avaliable for download on the AAW website.  The second webinar will be held November 17 at noon Central.  This webinar …

AAW, Ag Group, Transition Planning

The World Series of Agriculture

Jamie Johansen

The head owl himself, Dr. Steve Brown, National FFA Advisor, took the stage to issue a challenge to all FFA members across the country during the opening session of the 2015 National FFA Convention. He asked members if they were readying to change the world of agriculture. Native to the state of Missouri, Dr. Brown is an avid Kansas City …

Ag Group, Audio, FFA