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

GROWMARK Excited for What’s “Next”

Lizzy Schultz

The 2016 GROWMARK Annual Meeting and Agribusiness Symposium was held this week in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s event theme was “Next,” with a focus centered on the innovations and ideas that will lead the future of agriculture and ensure its success. Jim Spradlin, CEO of GROWMARK, sat down for an interview during the Annual Meeting. He discussed the company’s vision …

Ag Group, Audio, Events, GROWMARK, leadership, Sustainability

NCGA Leaders Learn New Skills

Kelly Marshall

This week marked the inaugural meeting of NCGA’s 2016 Leadership Academy.  Eighteen aspiring leaders met in Greensboro, North Carolina for a session sponsored by Syngenta.  They are part of more than 500 participants of this program over the last 30 years. The meeting included a talk from NCGA First Vice President Wesley Spurlock, a Leadership Academy alumnus.  He offered the …

Ag Group, leadership, NCGA

AAEA Fellows Announced at #AgMedia

Lizzy Schultz

Seventeen longtime members of the American Agricultural Editors Association (AAEA) were announced as the inaugural class of Fellows Of The AAEA during an awards banquet at the 2016 Ag Media Summit, held last week in St. Louis Missouri. The newly developed Fellows Program recognizes AAEA members for excellent service to the organization, and the inaugural class has an estimated 400 …

AAEA, Ag Group, Ag Media Summit, Award, Journalism, leadership

GROWMARK Plans New Young Farmer Program

Cindy Zimmerman

As a young farmer herself with her husband, Heather Thompson knows first-hand some of the challenges facing the new generation of agriculture. “My husband and I are just getting back to our own family farm operation,” says Thompson, who is Young Producer Programs Manager for GROWMARK. Some of the challenges new young farmers face include farming with multiple generations, financial …

Audio, Farm Progress Show, Farming, FS System, GROWMARK, leadership, Youth

FFA + CSX Team Up To Hit the Track at the Brickyard

Jamie Johansen

The Brickyard 400 will make history once again this year as the No. 38 FFA + CSX Living to Serve Ford becomes the first car to represent the 87-year-old, Indianapolis-based agricultural education and youth service organization, the largest of its kind with more than 610,240 student members interested in agriculture, as a primary sponsor in a NASCAR race. “I can’t …

Ag Group, Education, FFA, leadership, NASCAR, Youth

FFA Members Learn Leadership in Washington D.C.

Kelly Marshall

More than 2,100 FFA members from throughout the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. this summer to hone personal skills, grow leadership abilities, and create a meaningful community-service plan designed to make a difference in their home communities. The 2015 Washington Leadership Conference is the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year.  Participants spend a week learning from educators, …

Ag Group, FFA, leadership

Coach Cal Receives 2015 Alltech Humanitarian Award

Jamie Johansen

John Calipari, head men’s basketball coach for the University of Kentucky, received Alltech’s prestigious 2015 Humanitarian Award for his extensive work in Haiti. Dr. Pearse Lyons presented it to him on his home court at Rupp Arena while addressing the congregation of attendees at REBELation. Known as a “dream maker,” Calipari has guided six college basketball teams to the Final …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, leadership

Are You Ready To Be A REBEL?

Jamie Johansen

Who’s ready to be a REBEL? Tomorrow Chuck and I will head to Lexington, KY for Alltech’s REBELation. This once-in-a-lifetime conference is merging science, agriculture, entrepreneurship, business and marketing to inspire and re-engergize lives and businesses. Keynote speakers will include General Colin Powell, U.S. Army Retired, former United States Secretary of State; John Calipari, Head Coach of the University of …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Events, leadership, Marketing

ALOT Class XVI Unites

Jamie Johansen

Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) is a two year adult leadership training program that targets rural leaders and agricultural producers who have a passion to promote Missouri agriculture and strengthen their rural communities. The program enhances communication and leadership skills, expands knowledge of ag issues and encourages leadership initiative in local communities. The ALOT Class XVI met last week for …

Ag Group, Audio, leadership