Michigan 4-H show canceled due to HPAI

Michigan 4-H has canceled this weekend’s Michigan 4-H State Poultry Show.    Scheduled for Saturday, May 16, at the Eaton County Fair Grounds in Mid-Michigan, the State Poultry Show is taking precautions against the recent High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in Northeast Indiana. Officials say they were encouraged by veterinarians and Michigan State University poultry… Read more »

Advice to FFA members

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It was a treat for me to keynote the annual Winchester FFA Banquet last week.  35 years had passed since I’d set foot in the “old gymnasium” at the high school.  It was especially meaningful to have my parents there with me.  My dad, Eddie Young, was President of the Winchester FFA Chapter in 1956… Read more »

U.W. Extension could take big hit

If the Wisconsin state legislature goes-through with the proposed $300 million cut for the University of Wisconsin system; U.W. Extension could lose 65 to 80 positions.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Extension has an annual budget of about $220 million with some coming from other sources but the state cuts would result in “the most… Read more »

The increasing shortage of ag graduates

As the Class of 2015 receive their diplomas there is more evidence of the growing shortage of well-trained employees in agriculture.  A new five-year projection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University says from 2015 through 2020 there will be an estimated 57,900 job openings for college graduates with a degree in agriculture. … Read more »

Klopfenstein elected Ohio FFA State President

The Ohio FFA has elected a new officer team. Matthew Klopfenstein of the Wayne Trace FFA will serve the Ohio FFA as State President. A student at Ohio State University, majoring in agricultural engineering, Klopfenstein says the journey for him began when he joined the FFA. “You know, your freshman year you walk in, nervous… Read more »

FFA Skills Contest breaks record

The Michigan FFA Ag Skills contest today reports the highest level of member participation ever recorded. Dr. Randy Showerman, Michigan FFA Association State Advisor says they have over 717 teams competing in 23 FFA Ag Skills Contest, and more than 500 students than last year. “The major increase I believe is because to the direct… Read more »

MSU offers college credit to FFA students

Students that received their Michigan FFA State Degrees this spring will be the first high school students to earn college credit at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Randy Showerman, Michigan FFA Association State Advisor says this accomplishment was a few years in the making. “We looked at what was the content that was being taught… Read more »

Take your business to the schools

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One of the challenges facing agribusinesses in rural areas is getting local young people interested in a career in their area.  Karri Neils heads-up Human Resources for Sargento Foods in Plymouth, Wisconsin.  They are working with local high schools and technical colleges to make students aware of what is available. One of the projects involved… Read more »

4-H members testify at House Ag Committee

A group of 4-H members testified at a House Ag Committee hearing this week to address how they’re working to bridge the gap between urban and rural communities. Shelby Nierman, a 4-H delegate from Brownstown, Indiana spoke about the importance of connecting urban and rural consumers through 4-H.  “Programs such as 4-H are essential in… Read more »

The increasing need for agricultural service workers

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The number of good job opportunities in the agricultural service area is increasing tremendously.  Bill Oemichen is president and CEO of Cooperative Network which provides training, marketing, technical services and government relations for more than 600 cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Oemichen says cooperatives are growing and that means more opportunities for people to work… Read more »