The next generation of agriculture, women

A network for women in agriculture is empowering females in a male dominated industry to lead. USDA Deputy Secretary Kyrsta Harden has been meeting with women across the country. “Sometimes women can feel isolated.” She says, “Frankly, in their own communities there might not be someone just like them farming or ranching and they would… Read more »

Wisconsin has 18 National FFA Proficiency Award finalists

The Wisconsin FFA has 18 National Proficiency Award finalists. Four finalists are named in each of 49 categories. The finalists will be recognized on stage and the winners announced at the National FFA Convention in late October in Louisville.  Badger State finalists include:   Brittany Cupery,         Randolph-Cambria-Friesland FFA     Agricultural Communications Ashley Zimmerman     Spencer FFA                                         … Read more »

It’s all about education

Education is an important purpose for any fair. Right in the middle of the livestock barns at the Wisconsin State Fair one can find a collection of educational sites including the Badgerland Barnyard Adventure and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture’s Farm & Family Building. Alice in Dairyland Teyanna Loether can often be found in the… Read more »

A night of records and repeats at the Wisconsin State Fair

Another Grand Champion steer and another record price for the May family of Mineral Point. Lauren May’s crossbred steer brought $65,000 at the 47th annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction. Roundy’s bought the 1,300-pound animal. This was the second consecutive year that May had the top steer at the fair. Her brother, Brock had the… Read more »

It’s all about the youth

Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fair Deanna Schlies says the main purpose of the fair is a celebration of youth, “The youth are so important to the history, the foundation and the future of our programs.” Schlies says the fair offers an opportunity for those not involved to see the variety of projects that are available…. Read more »

Growing the urban appeal of 4-H

One of the successes of 4-H and FFA has been the growth in non-traditional membership. The Wisconsin State Fair is an agricultural showcase held in the largest metropolitan area in the state, Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel says that presents a great way to increase urban involvement in 4-H. “They can’t all own a pig… Read more »

Another successful Wisconsin 4-H Foundation auction

Another successful evening for the 4-H Foundation at the Wisconsin State Fair. Businesses from across the state filled the chairs at the Case IH Coliseum to bid for the Champion and Reserve Champion products at the 24th annual Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction. Urged-on by Governor Walker, the auction raised more than $120,000 for… Read more »

Carroll County presents Ag Youth Award

Clayton Ruter of Shannon, Illinois is the 2015 Youth in Agriculture Award Winner for Carroll County.  Clayton is the son of Jim & Kayla Ruter and is a 2015 Graduate of Eastland High School.  He plans on attending BlackHawk East College in Kewanee before transferring to Palmer College of Chiropractic to study Animal Chiropratic.  He… Read more »

Kathleen Jacobs is Indiana’s national officer candidate

Kathleen Jacobs will represent Indiana FFA as its National FFA officer candidate.  Jacobs was a member of the Huntington North FFA chapter and most recently served as the 2014-2015 State FFA Treasurer. She participated in several leadership Career Development Events – and placed fourth in the nation in extemporaneous public speaking. Jacobs plans on attending… Read more »

Two Illinois youths receive “Youth in Ag” Awards

WCCI radio was proud to present two Brownfield Ag News “Youth in Ag” awards to recipients from Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties in Illinois. The 2015 “Youth in Ag” Winner for Stephenson County is Daniel Obert of Orangeville. Daniel is a 2015 graduate of Orangeville High School and will be attending Illinois State University in… Read more »