New Officers for National FFA

Chuck Zimmerman

Congratulations to the newly elected National FFA officers for 2011-2012. Here they are closing out the 84th National FFA Convention. Ryan W. Best of New Mexico, Jason Troendle of Minnesota, Kenneth D. Quick Jr. of New York, Alicia Hodnik of Wisconsin, Cain Thurmond of Georgia and Seth Pratt of Idaho have been elected National FFA officers for 2011-12.


FFA Becomes Farm American Communications Partner

Chuck Zimmerman

I Believe the National FFA Convention is in full swing. Watch it live via the Alltech Ag Network. Yesterday Farm American and Furniture Row Racing made a big announcement about a new relationship with FFA. Pictured are Farm American’s Pat Driscoll (left) and National FFA Organization COO Bill Fleet (right) along with FFA members. (Photo by DeLoss Jahnke/National FFA Organization). …

Ag Groups, FFA

Alltech Ag Network To Live Stream FFA Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

The FFA is taking advantage of the Alltech Ag Network to stream live from the convention in October. Here are (pictured left to right) Dwight Armstrong, CEO of the National FFA Organization, and Billy Frey, general manager of the Alltech Ag Network. In a significant technological move forward for agriculture, the National FFA Organization will stream its 2011 National Convention …

Agribusiness, Alltech, FFA

FFA Update At Farm Progress Show

Chuck Zimmerman

I ran into DeLoss Jahnke, FFA Marketing/Communication Specialist (center), at the Farm Progress Show. I had not seen DeLoss since shortly after I left the Brownfield Network once upon a time. At that time he was our Indiana reporter. With him was Geoffrey Miller who works with him in communications at FFA. The guys were out at the show to …

Ag Groups, Audio, Farm Progress Show, FFA

National FFA Advisor Named

Melissa Sandfort

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Dr. Steve A. Brown as national advisor of the National FFA Organization and chairman of the national FFA board of directors. Brown is now responsible for providing catalytic leadership for FFA and will serve as chairman of the board. He’ll also advise national FFA officers, delegates and committees on policy matters and serve …


Central Illinois Company Gives Back to FFA

Meghan Grebner

We’ve all heard of Red Brand fence, right?  They’re a milestone sponsor of the FFA (in fact they’ve been doing so for over 60 years). Did you know that Red Brand fence is manufactured in Peoria, Ill.?  Keystone Steel and Wire Co began the Home Grown program in 2010.  It gave opportunity for local Red Brand retailers to give back to local FFA …


FFA Names 50 New Century Farmers for 2011

Cindy Zimmerman

The National FFA is preparing 50 young people from 23 states this year to take on the challenge of new century farming. The FFA’s 2011 New Century Farmer program is designed to help young men and women who are pursuing a career in production agriculture. The participants will take part in an intensive seminar July 24-30 in Johnston, Iowa where …

Education, Farming, FFA

FFA Leaders Join Novus Science Day

Cindy Zimmerman

Two National FFA officers and a regional director for the National FFA Foundation were among those who participated in the third annual “Science in Action: A Foundation for Dynamic Careers” Day sponsored by Novus International. Christopher Bell with the FFA Foundation said it was a good opportunity for the officers to visit an agricultural company that is making a difference …

Audio, Education, FFA, Novus International, Sustainability

TJ Masker Has AgWired App On His iPod

Chuck Zimmerman

Speaking of very impressive young people making an impact at National Ag Day activities let’s hear from Iowa State University student, TJ Masker. Why? Because he told me that his iPod Touch has the AgWired App installed on it! Yes, this is a pure testimonial for why you should have the app on your iPhone, Touch or iPad (Android version …

Ag Day, Apps, FFA

Ag Council Board Members Speak Out at Ag Day

Chuck Zimmerman

During National Ag Day activities I visited with some big time supporters who are urging other companies and organizations to get involved. I’m going to share their thoughts with you here starting with Barry Nelson, John Deere, who is serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the Agriculture Council of America (pictured center). John Deere is one of the partner sponsors of Ag …

Ag Day, Audio, FFA, John Deere, NCBA