Ag industry supporting future teachers

An agriscience education advocate says increased support of ag education by the industry is providing enrichment for teachers. Project Director Ellen Thompson for the National Teach Ag campaign tells Brownfield ag groups including agribusinesses, commodity organizations and other entities are stepping up to support the needs of agriscience teachers.  “They know that those ag teachers… Read more »

FFA prepares students to farm and to advocate

Students involved in FFA are better prepared to turn what they’ve learned into advocacy for agriculture.  Missouri FFA 2015-2016 Secretary Alex Stichnote tells Brownfield that FFA members are taught production agriculture, but are also taught to speak on behalf of farmers. “It’s really cool to see kind of that transition from they’ve grown up on… Read more »

Michigan FFA members receiving college credit

The number of FFA members receiving credit from Michigan State University has increased by 50 percent since last year’s announcement of the university offering six credit hours to students that earned their Michigan FFA state degrees. State FFA Advisor Dr. Randy Showerman tells Brownfield there are more opportunities for young people to learn about agriculture… Read more »

Illinois FFA on the chopping block

State Legislature

A proposed zero dollar balance is sitting next to the agriculture education line item in the Illinois state budget. Executive Director of the Illinois FFA Center Mindy Bunselmeyer tells Brownfield this is the second year ag education has been zeroed out.  “I don’t necessarily believe we are being targeted.”  She says, “I think given all… Read more »

Indiana FFA Page Day kicks off National FFA Week in Indiana

A member of the Indiana FFA state officer team says National FFA week gave FFA members from around the state the opportunity to tell their state legislators about the importance of agricultural education. State secretary Sean Harrington says just under 100 members of the Indiana FFA kicked off the week’s celebration by participating in the… Read more »

Making the most of the FFA experience

State FFA officers around the country are spending a lot of one-on-one time with FFA members in their states this week. Indiana FFA state treasurer Sean Harrington tells Brownfield National FFA week is an opportunity to get members excited about the organization. He says there is something for everyone.  “You can be as involved as… Read more »

Inspiring the next generation in agriculture

A little celebrity status never hurt anyone. Since the world was introduced to Jason Brown, former NFL turned farmer late in 2014, he’s been using his “celebrity farmer” status to educate youth about the importance of agriculture. He tells Brownfield that means bringing young people out to the farm.  “Anyway we can possibly lure them… Read more »

An eye towards the future

While Dale Beaty has been on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau staff for ten years, he has just completed his first convention as the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). In his presentation to the delegates on Monday; he talked about the importance of the organization to always be pushing forward.  As he described it; “If you are green and… Read more »

2015 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days announces donations

Dane County reported the final numbers from this year’s Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Dane County Executive Committee Chair Bob Wipperfurth announced the committee will share $150,000 with the county’s youth in the form of grants and scholarships.  In addition, the 56 nonprofit groups which volunteered at the show’s food tents will share $98,000 for their… Read more »

Foundation push for Cornerstone Dairy Academy

Each year, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin conduct the Cornerstone Dairy Academy.  Described as an “elite development program for students and dairy professionals”, the two-day event is designed to enhance professionalism, communications and leadership skills.  Attendees are selected through an application process.  The program is open to interested producers in all states. The Academy… Read more »