Illinois youth receives Ag Youth Award

A Lanark, Ill., youth received a 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Award from partner radio affiliate WCCI 100.3 FM.

Skyler Barncord, son of Lisa Sherman and John Barncord, received the Ag Youth Award belt buckle during the 4-H Livestock Auction at the Carroll County (Illinois) Fair.

Skyler is a basketball player and 2014 graduate of Eastland High School. He plans to immediately go to work on the family farm and eventually wants to manage day-to-day operations. He credits what he has learned in the classroom and on the farm with making him a more well-rounded person.

Listen to an exclusive interview with Skyler about farming, agriculture and receiving the award.

AUDIO: Skyler Barncord (:56 mp3)

Two teens receive Ag Youth Awards at Dixon County, Nebraska, fair

Brownfield Ag Youth Awards

Two talented young women received Brownfield Ag Youth Awards at the Dixon County Fair in Nebraska.

Heather Burcham, 16, and Hannah Borg, 17, received awards from KK93. The radio station partnered with Brownfield Ag News to offer this year’s award.

Heather attends Cedar Catholic High School in Harrington, Neb. She enjoys sports, music and baking.

Hannah Borg is a senior at Wakefield Public School in Wakefield, Neb. She is a nine-year member of 4-H and is Vice President of the Allen FFA Chapter, in which she has been for three years. Hannah is President of the Pinto Youth Association. Her top hobby is showing horses at Paint and Pinto shows.

Congratulations to two young women who are part of the future of agriculture!

Photo: Scott Kooistra from KK93 interviews the Ag Youth Award winners.

Youth receive awards at Knox County Fair in Nebraska

Ag Youth Award Winners in Knox County, Nebraska

KK93 presented Brownfield Ag Youth Awards to two outstanding youth in Nebraska.

McGuire Mackegprang of Bloomfield, and Abbey Steffen of Crofton, received Youth Award belt buckles at the Knox County Fair in Bloomfield, Neb.

McGuire, son to Christy and Curt Mackegrang, is president of the Northwest Feeders 4-H Club and is a member of FFA. Abbey, who serves as FFA president, is daughter to Christy and Curt Steffen.

The award was sponsored through a partnership with KK93 and Brownfield Ag News.

Congratulations, McGuire and Abbey!

Missouri State Fair investing in the next generation

The Missouri State Fair Commission’s new vision statement describes the fair “as an agricultural classroom offering Missouri producers and agricultural leaders opportunities to exhibit current practices and new technology and to provide a showcase of high-quality livestock, agricultural products, and industrial displays.”

Chairman of the Missouri State Fair Commission, Jack Magruder of Kirksville

Chairman Dr. Jack Magruder of Kirksville, tells Brownfield the State Fair Commission kept youth in mind when determining its core values.

“One of those core values is providing opportunities for youth in agriculture that will enable them to become the finest leaders in the world in the agricultural industry.”

“Whether you are involved in agriculture or a consumer of food,” Magruder said, “there is something for you to learn at the Missouri State Fair.’

Youth participants in the opening day ceremonies for 112th Missouri State Fair included Cole Edwards, President of the Missouri FFA Association and Trent Ludwig, President of the state 4-H Council, together representing more than 126,000 youth members.

The 112th Missouri State Fair kicked off today, August 7, in Sedalia. It continues through August 17.

Conversation with Dr. Jack Magruder

FFA American Star Finalists named

2013 Star Finalists National FFA photo

2013 Star Finalists
National FFA photo

The National FFA Organization has named the finalists for each of the American Stars:

American Star Farmer

  • Alan Barka, Litchfield FFA Chapter (Minnesota) – Barka owns a dairy cattle operation, in which he manages and sells the milk produced.
  • Josh Stutrud, Rugby FFA Chapter (North Dakota) – Stutrud manages his own diversified agricultural livestock and grain operation of beef cattle, alfalfa and corn.
  • Zach Weichel, Cordell FFA Chapter (Oklahoma) – Weichel operates his beef and grain production, where he markets and sells his feeder cattle and wheat crop.
  • Thomas Michael Allen, Reedsburg FFA Chapter (Wisconsin) – Allen breeds, raises, and markets dairy cattle and then sells his livestock at shows and sales.

American Star in Agribusiness

  • Jared A. Eilertson, United South Central FFA Chapter (Minnesota) – Eilertson operates his own custom hay bailing, ditch-hay sales and agricultural commodities trucking enterprises.
  • Dustin Stanton, Centralia FFA Chapter (Missouri) – Stanton owns Stanton Brothers, a poultry operation that supplies fresh eggs to community members, local businesses and farmers markets.
  • Ethan VanderWal, Sioux Valley FFA Chapter (South Dakota) – VanderWal started a custom round hay bailing and rolling business, where he provides services to customers in his community.
  • Thomas Larson, Viroqua FFA Chapter (Wisconsin) – Larson created a business for repairing machinery and re-selling fixed items, including chainsaws, weed eaters, lawnmowers and more.

American Star in Agricultural Placement

  • Travis A. Poppe, Crofton FFA Chapter (Nebraska) – Poppe works for his family’s farm, Poppe Farms, where he manages swine and cattle and operates the diversified crop production of corn and soybeans.
  • Garrett Sharp, Waukomis FFA Chapter (Oklahoma) – Sharp operates and services equipment, moving and preparing land  and implements conservation practices while being employeed at his uncle’s farm.
  • Matt Eichacker, McCook Central FFA Chapter (South Dakota) – Eichacker operates corn and soybean productions, manages beef cattle and applies fertilizers and chemicals for two farms and a cooperative.
  • Jessica Woodworth, Mineral County FFA Chapter (West Virginia) – Woodworth works for her family’s farm and store. While there, she assists in the beef cattle, swine and produce operations and sells retail meat cuts, fruits, vegetables and other products.

American Star in Agriscience

  • Patrik Arkfeld, Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca FFA Chapter (Nebraska) – Arkfeld conducts swine research in meat quality, genetics, waste management and more.
  • Sarah Cox, Zane Trace FFA Chapter (Ohio) – Cox studies animal and food sciences through research projects including zooenotic diseases, plant diseases and microorganisms.
  • Katie Osborn, Greenwood FFA Chapter (Pennsylvania) – Osborn has performed four studies in dairy cattle mastitis, an infection in the udders.
  • Witney L. Bowman, Stonewall Jackson FFA Chapter (Virginia) – Bowman studies the effects of feeding calves additional milk replacer and injecting rooting hormones in Juniper trees.

Each star finalist receives $2,000 from the National FFA Foundation.

A panel of judges will interview finalists and select one winner for each award.  The winners will be announced on November 1st during the Stars Over America Pageant at the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

The four winners will receive an additional $2,000.


U.W. Madison’s Shaver recognized for dairy research

U.W. photo

U.W. photo

Dr. Randy Shaver of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded the American Dairy Science Association Nutrition Research Award for his professional achievements. The award was established in 1948 to promote and stimulate research in dairy cattle nutrition and is jointly sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and ADSA.

A native of Pennsylvania, Shaver received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland then completed his doctorate degree in dairy science at UW-Madison in 1986 after conducting research at UW-Madison and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.

As a professor in the Animal Science Department, Shaver has advised or co-advised 29 master’s or doctoral students at UW-Madison. He has authored or co-authored 88 peer-review journal publications, 170 scientific abstracts, 101 popular-press articles in industry trade magazines and 249 newsletter articles, extension handouts or bulletins, and internet publications. He has presented 590 invited papers at industry conferences in 46 states and numerous foreign countries.

Pierce County presents Ag Youth Awards

Kim Carlson and Bailey Tinker were awarded the Pierce County Ag Youth Award

Kim Carlson and Bailey Tinker pose with their prizes as they are awarded this year’s Pierce County Fair Ag Youth Award in Pierce, Nebraska. The award is sponsored by KK93 FM.

Kim Carlson, 17, of Pierce County is the daughter of Lonnie and Tracy Carlson. She is a senior at Pierce Public High School where she is involved in FFA. She also enjoys playing golf and helping on the farm.

Bailey Tinker, 17, of Pierce County is the daughter of Mike and Kathy Tinker. Tinker is involved in both 4-H and FFA and is a senior at Pierce High School. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf and baking.

WCCI chooses two “Youth in Agriculture” award recipients

WCCI 100.3 FM is proud to announce that Brett Meador of Lena is this year’s winner of the “Youth in Agriculture” award for Stephenson County.  Brett is a 2014 graduate of Lena-Winslow High School and will be attending Iowa State University in the fall. Brett is the son of Rick & Mary Meador and has one sister named Maddie.  He is currently an intern at Crop Production Services in Lanark, Ill. He told us that being in FFA has helped him in several ways and that he’d one day like to make his living in farming.  

Brett Meador, Youth Award Winner (Audio :41 mp3)

Claire Conrad of Scales Mound is this year’s winner of the “Youth in Agriculture” award for Jo Daviess County.  WCCI presented the award to Claire at the Jo Daviess County 4-H Fair, prior to the annual 4-H livestock auction. Claire is a 2014 graduate of Scales Mound High School and will attend St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa this fall. Conrad says her 4-H experience has been valuable in preparing her for life after high school.

Claire Conrad, Youth Award Winner (Audio 1:02 mp3)

Congratulations Brett and Claire!

Retallicks honored by Junior Angus Association

Wisconsin Junior Angus Association advisors Kevin and Keri Retallick have been named the National Junior Angus Association Advisors of the Year.


The Retallicks have been named WJAA advisors of the year five times, and in 2002 they were co-chairs of the NJAS held in Milwaukee.


The NJAA Advisor of the Year Award was introduced in 1980 to recognize the tremendous contributions of junior Angus association advisors. 

Two Iowa youths receive Ag Youth Awards

Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt Two Sioux County 4-H participants received 2014 Brownfield Ag Youth Awards from KSOU-FM in Iowa.

KSOU-FM partnered with Brownfield Ag News to offer this year’s award.

Recipients Edan Lambert of Orange City, Iowa, and Mitchal Punt of Maurice, Iowa, were nominated for outstanding 4-H work.

Lambert shows livestock and participates in communication events. The 2013 Fair Queen is also active in the Holland Windmills Club and Sioux county Youth Council. Lambert wants to be a large animal veterinarian.

Punt shows sheep, dogs and poultry, and was involved in mechanical engineering projects, with a special interest in trucks. He is a member and past officer of the Sioux Stockmen 4-H Club. He plans to attend the Diesel Mechanics program at Northwest Iowa Community College and eventually wants to own a trucking business.

Congratulations Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt!

Photo: Edan Lambert and Mitchal Punt