John Deere Strengthens Partnership with FFA

Kelly Marshall

John Deere has been partnering with the National FFA Organization to ensure the future of agriculture for more than 72 years.  2016 will continue the tradition of providing opportunities for members of the FFA to grow into leaders who can strengthen their communities as well as agriculture.  John Deere has pledge one million dollars annually for the next five years …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, FFA, John Deere

FFA State Officers Return from South Africa

John Davis

Seventy-five FFA members from 23 states have returned from a 12-day educational and cultural experience in South Africa. This news release from the group says they participated in the 2016 International Leadership Seminar for State Officers, an experience that allows FFA members to experience foreign culture, learn about international agriculture and become more knowledgeable of the global marketplace. The group …

Ag Group, FFA, John Deere

Culver’s Donates More Than $1 Mil to Future of Ag

John Davis

Wisconsin-based restaurant company Culver’s has long relied on the products from America’s farms and has been supporting farmers by donating more than $1 million to the future of agriculture. Through the company’s Thank You Farmers initiative, started in 2013, the chain has supported the National FFA, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations. Culver’s has depended on …

Ag Group, FFA

FFA CEO to Retire this Summer

John Davis

After seven years as the chief executive officer for the National FFA Organization, W. Dwight Armstrong will retire this summer. This news release from the group says Armstrong felt it was the right tome to transition the leadership of FFA and for him to spend quality time with his family, friends, volunteer opportunities and personal pursuits. National FFA Advisor and …


California FFA Welcomes #ARA2015

Cindy Zimmerman

The president of the California FFA Southern Region addressed members of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) meeting in Palm Desert, California last week, on behalf of the 79,000 FFA members in the state. “The FFA is giving its members the skills needed to build health communities, a strong nation, and a sustainable world,” said Samuel Looper as he welcomed ARA …

ARA, Audio, FFA

FFA Joins #GivingTuesday Movement

Kelly Marshall

The National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation are encouraging the use of #GivingTuesday.  Held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the day is designed to encourage generosity after the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  The FFA hopes to inspire others to give back and support causes they in which they believe. “Donations to the National FFA Foundation …

Ag Group, FFA

FarmHer, Inspiring Young Women in Ag

Kelly Marshall

Lexi Marek attended the National FFA Convention representing FarmHer— an organization created to change the image of women in agriculture.  Marek is interning with the company and she loves how her job lets her inspire other young women in the industry. “The most amazing thing I’ve seen is women just being inspired by our booth and that is just the best. …

Agribusiness, Farming, FFA, Women

Beck’s Teaches Students to Honor American Farmers

Kelly Marshall

At the recent National FFA Convention Jamie Johansen caught up with Toby Ripberger of Beck’s Hybrids to talk about the message they are sharing with the students who come through their booth.  Ripberger, the Event Logistics Lead for the company, says students come in with lots of interest in careers and the future of agribusiness, but the most important information …

Agribusiness, Audio, Farming, FFA

Merck’s Commitment to Future of Ag

Jamie Johansen

For Merck Animal Health, the 88th National FFA Convention wasn’t about teaching students about their products, they focused on where students get their information about science, food and agriculture. I spoke with Merck’s Jim Miles, marketing manager for the fed cattle business, in their booth to learn more about their commitment to the future of agriculture. “It’s making them realize …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, FFA, Merck

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