Meet the 2016 FFA New Century Farmers

Lizzy Schultz

The National FFA Organization has selected 33 young people as participants in the 2016 New Century Farmer conference, an exclusive, highly competitive program designed to develop the young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture. Participants will attend an intensive seminar this month in Johnstown, Iowa, where they will learn from industry experts during a series …

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Educators Named to FFA Board

Lizzy Schultz

Two agricultural education teachers were recently named to the National FFA Organization’s Board of Directors. Kurt Dillon, of Kansas, and Matthew Eddy, were both recognized for their skills and reputations within the realm of agricultural education, and will begin to serve in new leadership roles as board members for FFA. Dillon grew up in a rural area of northeast Kansas, …

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National FFA Foundation Creates Endowment Fund

Lizzy Schultz

Dr. W. Dwight Armstrong will retire as chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization and Foundation later this month, but his legacy in agricultural education and FFA will live on in a newly created endowment called “The Dwight Armstrong Legacy Endowment.” Armstrong’s seven-year tenure with the National FFA Organization has allowed him to oversee an era of dramatic growth …

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FFA Hosts Washington Leadership Conference

Lizzy Schultz

More than 2,100 FFA members from throughout the country will head to Washington, D.C., this summer for the 2016 Washington Leadership Conference, an opportunity to analyze their personal skills and interests, develop leadership skills, and create a meaningful community service plan that will make a difference in their home communities. The student leadership event has been hosted by the National …

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Culver’s Raises $56,500 to Support Agriculture

Kelly Marshall

Culver’s “Scoops of Thanks Day” on May 5th raised $56,500 by selling more than 48,000 scoops of custard on behalf of agriculture education.  Guests were offered a free scoop of custard for a $1 donation to their FFA or other local agricultural organization. “Our guests appreciate the hard work farmers put into producing our nation’s food as much as we …

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Meet Mark Poeschl – CEO of @NationalFFA

Chuck Zimmerman

This week I visit with Mark Poeschl, incoming CEO of the National FFA Organization and Foundation. Mark officially takes over the position August 1. Mark comes from a strong farm background and he has some significant experience in agribusiness, including on the global level. He has also been very involved in FFA. Poeschl, a former FFA member and past state …

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Poeschl Named CEO of National FFA

Kelly Marshall

The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation are welcoming Mark Poeschl of Brookville, Ohio, as their new chief executive officer of both organizations.  Poeschl will begin his responsibilities on Aug. 1, 2016. “Mark’s management and leadership experience will embrace the mission of FFA and enhance our vision to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture, says Dr. Steve A. …

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FFA Scholarship Program Exceeds 2.6 Million

Lizzy Schultz

This year marks the 32nd year for the National FFA Organization and Foundation scholarship program, and this year’s awards totaled more than $2.6 million in scholarships to 1,791 recipients. The generosity of the program’s 116 sponsors were instrumental in making this year’s program so successful. More than 8,300 students applied online for the scholarships, and many applicants were considered for …

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Culvers To Fund Trips to FFA Convention

Lizzy Schultz

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, …

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Youth Programs Help @GROWMARK Grow

Cindy Zimmerman

When it comes to sustainability in agriculture, the most precious natural resource for the industry to preserve is our young people, and the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives are all about that. GROWMARK has a long history of making a significant investment in youth, from helping to fund Ag in the Classroom, to supporting FFA and 4-H, to a …

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