Meet Mark Poeschl – CEO of @NationalFFA

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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 1 Comment

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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National FFA Organization Receives 3-Year Grant

Kelly Marshall

Thanks to the Lilly Endowment Inc. the National FFA Organization will be receiving a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support the mission and vision through their annual convention. The National FFA Convention & Expo returns to Indianapolis this fall, where it will stay until 2024.  The event is considered to be the premier FFA event, with programs and competitions happening …

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2016 NAMA Agribusiness Leader of the Year

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Agri-Marketing Association bestowed its highest honor on W. Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D, during the Agri-Marketing Conference. Dwight is the CEO of the National FFA Organization. During his remarks Dwight said, “You know, when you get this type of recognition, it’s not about you, it’s about the people you surround yourself with.” He said that as he thought about what …

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GROWMARK Announces Essay Contest Winners

Kelly Marshall

GROWMARK is pleased to announce the Illinois and Wisconsin state winners of the 2016 essay contest for FFA members.  Austin Schorfheide of Hoyleton, Illinois and Jessica Jurcek from Jefferson, Wisconsin won in their respective states by answering “What can young people do to ensure the sustainability of agriculture?” Schorfheide wrote in his response: “Sustainability in agriculture ultimately comes down to …

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Culver’s Raises Money for 153 FFA Jackets

Kelly Marshall

The average age of the American farmer gets a little older each year, but Culver’s restaurant is working with their franchisees to encourage the next generation of farmers.  Culver’s Support Center in Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin and the National FFA Organization are helping match deserving young people with a local Culver’s restaurant where money is being raised to provide that …

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Two Essay Contest Winners Awarded on Ag Day

Lizzy Schultz

Another agricultural award recipient present in Washington, D.C. on National Ag Day was Emily Dougherty, one winner of the Annual Ag Day Essay Contest. The Annual Ag Day Essay Contest encourages students in 9th-12th grade to submit a written or video essay. This year’s contest theme was “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” The winner of the video essay content …

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