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

AgriCorps: Youth is the Solution

Lizzy Schultz

During Tuesday’s lunch session at Ag Media Summit, participants listened to a special presentation on the future of agriculture in Africa, and the potential it holds for both economic prosperity for millions of impoverished youth, and answers to the greatest challenge humanity will face yet: How farmers are going to feed an additional three billion people by the year 2050. …

4-H, Ag Media Summit, Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, Education, Employment, FFA, Food, International, People, 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

More Than $2.7 Million in Scholarships From FFA

Jamie Johansen

The National FFA Organization and Foundation recently awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 2,156 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity made available by sponsors and individuals to reward and encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals. More than 7,000 students applied for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for …

Ag Group, Education, FFA, Youth

FFA Chapters Ease Hunger in Schools & Communities

Jamie Johansen

A group of Oxford Jr/Sr High School students in Kansas are providing fresh vegetables to their school backpack program. Students in Lebanon, Connecticut, are raising broilers, laying hens and hogs to provide fresh protein sources to the local food pantry. The students – and thousands like them throughout the U.S. – are all FFA members utilizing grant monies to implement …

Ag Group, FFA, Youth

FFA Visit South Africa for 14-day Experience

Jamie Johansen

FFA members recently returned from a 14-day educational and cultural experience in South Africa. Members participated in the 2015 International Leadership Seminar for State Officers, an annual, international opportunity through the National FFA Organization for past and present state FFA officers. The experience allows FFA members to experience foreign culture, learn about international agriculture and become more knowledgeable of the …

Ag Group, Education, FFA, Youth

Culver’s Gives Back to Farmers

Jamie Johansen

Culver’s restaurants across the nation continue to build support for America’s farm families as part of the chain’s Thank You Farmers initiative. After the second year of the program, Culver’s has connected with people all over the United States, spreading the Thank You Farmers message through efforts such as: – A larger-than-life Thank You Farmers corn maze in Tracy, Minn. …

Agribusiness, FFA, Youth