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 »

National FFA Foundation appointments

The National FFA Foundation has announced new appointments to its Sponsors’ Board. The group is made up of top corporate executives who support the vision and mission of FFA are interested in promoting careers in agribusiness, agriculture and food production, entrepreneurship and FFA.  Among the appointees: Scott Bormann, Vice President, North America of Merck Animal… Read more »

Farm-to-School grants announced

USDA has announced $4.8 million in grants for 74 farm-to-school programs in 39 states. The programs help students learn about where their food comes from while farmers gain the opportunity to sell to the local school lunch program. Awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 are distributed in four different grant categories: Planning, Implementation, Support Service,… Read more »

State FFA President is a big job in Alaska

Being a State FFA President can be a very demanding job, especially if you are the State President of the Alaska FFA. Jarett Tormey says his first challenge is that a lot of Alaskans don’t even know what agriculture is so they have little understanding of FFA. Then there is the fact that there are… Read more »

USFRA offers FARMLAND for the classroom

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is partnering with Discovery Education to launch educational resources based on the documentary FARMLAND. Discovery Education provides digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  The Discovering FARMLAND initiative will allow high school students and teachers to learn about modern agriculture through the eyes of six young farmers and… Read more »

The intriguing honeybee

The 2015 American Honey Queen spent some time in Wisconsin this week. Gabrielle Hemesath is attending the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association annual meeting in Stevens Point.  She is taking the opportunity to visit elementary schools around the area to not only promote honey but beekeeping as a hobby.  One of the features at the convention… Read more »

Forty-nine veterinarians get financial help

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded more than $4.5 million to 49 American veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources. The awards, made through the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),… Read more »

Rusk named FFA Alumni Executive Director

A Wisconsin native is the new Executive Director of the National FFA Alumni. Joshua Rusk taught agriculture for 12 years in Wisconsin before accepting a position as Development Specialist with the National FFA Alumni.  As Executive Director, he will now oversee all programming, budgeting and all Alumni events. One of Rusk’s main priorities will be… Read more »

Amy Wyant – Veterinary Science

Amy Wyant of the Pontiac FFA Chapter in Illinois is the manager of the Livingston County Humane Society. She began volunteering her free time walking dogs and socializing cats. Because of the relationships she developed, when the manager position opened, she applied and received the job. As manager, she assists with basic medical procedures, performs… Read more »

Matthew Ries – Swine Production

As a child, Matthew S. Ries of the Lomira FFA Chapter in Wisconsin helped his father feed hogs and give vaccinations on the family hog farm. When he was in the third grade, he was given two pigs to raise and show at the fair. Today, the farm has 100 sows, with 20 sows farrowing… Read more »