FMC Invests in Farming’s Future Via FFA

Jamie Johansen

Illustrating its commitment to investing in farming’s future, FMC Corporation is helping youth education through support of FFA. “To continue America’s leadership in agriculture, we need to engage students now,” said John Kasper, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America commercial business director. “FFA prepares students for more than 300 careers and reaches more than 600,000 members. Our support can make a …

Agribusiness, Education, FFA, FMC, Youth

GROWMARK Announces Essay Contest Theme

Talia Goes

The theme for the 2014 GROWMARK Essay Contest is: “Promoting Sustainability and Conservation of Natural Resources.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. This is the 21st year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their …

Agribusiness, GROWMARK, Youth

Gemperle Farms Introduces Kid-Friendly Video Series

Jamie Johansen

Gemperle Family Farms has launched an online video series to showcase egg-related crafts, recipes and science experiments, and to provide a behind-the-scenes look at farm life. “At our Gemperle Chicken Ranch, we think it’s important to educate customers on what makes Gemperle Eggs special while having fun at the same time,” explained Gemperle Family Farms President Steve Gemperle. “These videos …

Agribusiness, Education, Eggs, Poultry, Youth

Prancing, Dancing Lily Moves Into App Market

Jamie Johansen

Award-winning book, Prancing, Dancing Lily, can now be found world-wide as a multi-platform app. The heartwarming story about an Ayrshire cow determined to hoof and groove around the globe, was written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by John Manders. App developers and author have teamed up with interactive media publisher, Fat Red Couch. “The Fat Red Couch team provided …

Dairy, Education, Video, Youth

Celebrate FFA Week

Jamie Johansen

FFA Week is in full swing as FFA members from across the country take part in activities promoting and past members reminisce about all the opportunities the organization gave them. The National FFA Organization has been a part of my life since the day I was born. My dad was an ag teacher, so I was raised in the organization. …

Education, FFA, Youth

Joshua Bledsoe Named COO of the National FFA

Melissa Sandfort

Joshua Bledsoe was named chief operating officer of the National FFA Organization. Bledsoe will manage major FFA operations and lead the overall execution of the 557,318-member organization’s strategic plan, reporting directly to CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong. Bledsoe has previously served as the state agricultural education leader and state FFA advisor for North Carolina and has accumulated 15 years of progressive …

FFA, Youth

Update On Missouri CTE Programs

Jamie Johansen

Last week I shared how Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the state of Missouri are being threatened by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) new Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 5). MSIP 5 removes the priority for organizations like the FFA from a students high school education. Bringing attention to this issue has got a lot …

Agribusiness, Education, FFA, Youth

Career & Technical Education Threatened in Missouri

Jamie Johansen

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs such as the Missouri FFA strive to teach students valuable skills through leadership opportunities & hands-on learning in high school vocational classes. There is a proposal sent out by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) removing the priority for organizations like the FFA from a students high school education. CTE is not …

Education, FFA, politics, Youth