GROWMARK Announces Iowa Essay Winner

Cindy Zimmerman Leave a Comment

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

Company Culture Can Greatly Influence Productivity

Joanna Schroeder Leave a Comment

Author Maggie Hammond, special to AgWired More and more companies – including many agriculture companies big and small – are realizing the importance of having a strong and positive company culture. A good company culture can turn employees into brand ambassadors, improve productivity and create a pleasant working environment for everyone involved in the business. Washington State University compiled a …

Agribusiness, Education, Jobs

How Agriculture Can Help Improve Aid and Nutrition

Joanna Schroeder

Written for AgWired by Carol Trehearn. Earlier this month thousands upon thousands of people from around the world met in Des Moines, Iowa for the World Food Prize to continue discussions about one of the biggest challenges in our future: food. On a global level, there has always been major concerns over world hunger and how to provide aid and …

Education, Food, Food Security, Nutrition

Making Hunger Extinct at #TransformFFA

Lizzy Schultz

Those who study and work in the agriculture industry are often directly involved in global conversations about world hunger, as well as the fight to eliminate it, and FFA students are no exception. When HungerU, a mobile tour that promotes awareness and discussion about food insecurity, set up a booth at the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo, they were …

Ag Group, Audio, Education, FFA, Food, Food Security, University

Ethanol Impresses Students at National FFA Convention

Kelly Marshall

FFA Students already understand the importance of ethanol to rural communities and national security, says Cory Harris of Growth Energy and American Ethanol.  That’s why they’ve chosen this special group of agriculture students to focus the message of performance. “Our message here at National FFA Convention, […] we really wanted to focus this year on engine performance with Ethanol,” Harris told …

Education, Ethanol, FFA

AFBF Lesson Plan Connects Students to Food

Kelly Marshall

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is offering pre-K through first grade teachers a Thanksgiving-themed activity.  “Thank an American Farmer or Rancher” explains where food comes and asks students to write, draw or create thank you letters and cards for America’s farmers. The lesson plan, a letter written by a farmer, suggested reading list, and class discussion ideas are …

AFBF, Education

Ag Day Announces Photo and Essay Contests

Cindy Zimmerman

“Agriculture: Food for Life” is the theme for the Agriculture Council of America’s (ACA) 2017 National Ag Day photo and essay contests that will highlight young talent as it educates about American agriculture. The National Ag Day Photo Contest is designed to showcase the talents of a young amateur photographer enrolled in high school or college who has a passion …

Ag Day, Contest, Education

Domino’s® Commitment to National FFA Organization

Jamie Johansen

Domino’s Pizza knows that there would not be pizza if we didn’t have farmers. Now the recognized world leader in pizza delivery is supporting students interested in a future in agriculture by making a commitment to donate $1 million over five years to the National FFA Organization. “There is no Domino’s without the dairy, tomato, wheat and other farmers across …

Ag Group, Education, FFA, Youth

649,355 – Record Membership in FFA

Jamie Johansen

The National FFA Organization announced a record-high student membership of 649,355, up from 629,367 in 2015 and an increase of 3 percent. The number of FFA chapters grew from 7,757 to 7,859. The top six student membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow, as membership continues to increase. …

Ag Group, Education, FFA, leadership, Youth

NCGA Continues Scholarships with @BASFAgProducts

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and BASF Corporation are now accepting applications for the next crop of scholarships to help grow the future for agriculture. This is the tenth year for the partnership between BASF and NCGA which awards five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2017-18 school year. …

BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Education, NCGA