Scholarship Recipients Honored at #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF have given five undergraduate or graduate students studying agriculture the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship. These passionate and motivated students were presented with their $1,000 scholarships at a ceremony during the recent 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. “Our industry needs a well-educated and dedicated group of future leaders …

Ag Group, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Education, NCGA

#ONE17 Thoughts from the Alltech Idea Man

Jamie Johansen

I never turn down an opportunity to talk with Alltech founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons. The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show provided my most recent conversation with the idea man and naturally, we talked ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17) which is set for May 21-24 in Lexington, Kentucky. The event will “inspire farmers, ranchers, producers, …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, Education, Events, NCBA, Video

AFBF Offers Second Helping of Peas to the Table Contest

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Foundation is bringing their Peas to the Table Contest back for a second year. The national competition will run from February 20- May 15. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will plant, raise and harvest peas, competing for the highest yield. The winning school will receive a visit from Miss America 2017. The contest was created …

AFBF, Contest, Education

GROWMARK’s New Nationwide Scholarship Program

Kelly Marshall

GROWMARK is announcing a new scholarship program, according to Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist Karen Jones. “The GROWMARK Foundation was looking for ways to support education in agriculture for students. We decided a scholarship would be a great way to support students studying agriculture, those who become our future employees or future customers or members,” Jones says. Fifteen students will …

Audio, Education, GROWMARK

Purple Plow Promotes STEM Learning

Cindy Zimmerman

I’ve never seen a purple plow, but the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has just launched the Purple Plow Challenge site for middle-school students to research scenarios related to food, hunger and sustainability. “The Purple Plow Challenge is a great fit for individuals, groups and classes in grades 6, 7 and 8. It’s perfect for makerspaces, after-school programs, in-school …

AFBF, Education

Alltech Selected to Host ARC Intern

Jamie Johansen

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) has announced Alltech will host the ARC intern in the spring and summer of this new year. ARC member Susanna Elliott of Alltech plans, among other traditional duties, to utilize the intern to assist with communications efforts surrounding its ONE: Alltech Ideas Conference, an event that attracts more than 3,000 leaders in agriculture from nearly …

Ag Group, Alltech, ARC, Communications, Education, Internship, Marketing, Public Relations

4-H and AFBF Partner for Ag Education

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National 4-H Council have announce a new partnership to support agricultural education.  The partnership will highlight the impact of agriculture  on our everyday lives, as well as encourage youth to be excited about the industry and empower them with opportunities to improve the world around them. “For more than a century, 4-H has …

4-H, AFBF, Ag Group, Education

Chicago School Growing Future Ag Careers

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had the opportunity to hear about an agricultural high school right in Chicago that is growing the next generation for the industry. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) is located just about a half hour south of the Hyatt Regency where the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo is held …

ASTA, Audio, Education

GROWMARK Announces Iowa Essay Winner

Cindy Zimmerman

The theme of this year’s GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members was “What value do cooperatives provide to today’s farmers?” and the Iowa state winner is Jaxon Mullinnix of Lone Tree, Iowa – a student at Lone Tree High School and a member of the Lone Tree FFA chapter. In his contest entry, Mullinnix said: “Some may even describe cooperatives …

Education, FFA, GROWMARK