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 »

Dairy Calf and Heifer Association scholarship

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) is now accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. The goal of this long-standing program is to invest in the future of the dairy industry by offering scholastic support to outstanding agriculture-focused students. The annual DCHA scholarship is awarded to a student currently enrolled in agriculture-related field at… Read more »

Ohio Sheep and Wool Program scholarships

The Ohio Sheep and Wool Program, Ohio’s check-off program, is offering two (2) scholarships to Ohio sheep, lamb, and wool producers to attend the Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School on June 21-14, 2015 in Denver, CO. The Ohio Sheep and Wool Program is offering this scholarship as part of their Young Entrepreneurs Education Program… Read more »

Ohio Pork Council seeks intern

The Ohio Pork Council is actively seeking candidates to apply for the 2015 OPC Summer Internship Program. The ideal candidate should be a college student majoring in the field of agriculture, communications, education, marketing or journalism; preferably going into their junior or senior year. Knowledge of swine and modern agriculture is useful, but not required…. Read more »

It’s all about advocacy

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In 2012, Greg Peterson heard LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” and it sparked an idea for a parody. By June of the 2013 he and his two brothers were shooting a video around their 1,000 acre Kansas farm to the tune of “I’m Farming and I Grow It.”  Greg, an Ag Communications and… Read more »

Professional Dairy Producer Foundation grants

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation has awarded $32,500 in grants for educational projects. The grants for up to $5,000 go to non-profit organizations with the purpose of building dairy producer professionalism and maintaining public trust in the dairy industry. Among the projects receiving funding: Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin, in collaboration with Brown County… Read more »

Missouri Corn Scholarships applications available

The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award seven $1,000 scholarships to successful applicants.  Applications for the Missouri Corn Scholarship Program are available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related area of agriculture. High school senior applicants must be Missouri residents from a Missouri… Read more »