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 »

Attracting workers to agriculture

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All indications point to an increasing shortage of good workers in agriculture.  That challenge prompted the creation of the Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council.  The Council hosted the first AgriFuture Summit on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing together production agriculture, processors, ag service companies, academia and government in an effort to gather ideas. One… Read more »

A special Make-a-Wish

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Over the years, I’ve listened to stories, watched videos and seen many photographs about the subject of today’s column.  Hers is a story that should make all of us in agriculture proud.  I’m turning over the reins for the column today to someone who knows this story from a very personal perspective. Meghan Grebner is… Read more »

A wish like no other

For Dalaney Vickrey it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.  “I’m going to Houston, Texas for a stock and rodeo show,” she says.  “It will be a whole week and I’m going to go down to judge one day and be there for the rest.” The 14 year old Warren, Indiana resident is judging the Poland… Read more »

Building American agriculture’s next generation

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This is National FFA Week and the reality is; the future of agriculture is in those blue-and-gold jackets in classrooms across this country. Three of Wisconsin’s best veteran agriculture teachers talk about how they are changing things in their classrooms to meet the changing needs of agriculture.

The evolution and growth of the FFA

Alison Wedig is serving this year as president of the Wisconsin FFA Association. A native of Darlington, Wisconsin, Wedig is an example of the majority of FFA members in that she did not grow up on a farm.  She says that is what has made the organization what it is today, the realization that while… Read more »

Wisconsin 4-H Meats Contest

The team from Grant County won the Wisconsin State 4-H Meats Contest. Team members pictured above (L to R); L to R: Mathew Walz, Ben Connolly, Dillin Meier, Cody Adams.  They are coached by Dennis Patterson.  The team will now represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Meats Judging Contest in Kansas City this fall.  The… Read more »

FFA emblem refined

Along with the launch of a new website, the National FFA Organization has updated the FFA emblem. While it retains the basic character of the original emblem dating back to 1928, the 2015 version had been digitally enhanced to more clearly define the eagle, owl, shield, plow and arrows.  The wings of the eagle have… Read more »