Chelsea Keiser – Nat’l Proficiency – Ohio

Chelsea Keiser of the Versailles FFA Chapter in Ohio has been named the 2011 National Proficiency winner in Agricultural Communications. Chelsea began her SAE through her love of public speaking and informing audiences about important agricultural issues. Her talent was realized when she was made the Afternoon Farm News Broadcaster at a local radio station…. Read more »

Bridget Achterberg – Nat’l Proficiency Winner – WI

The 2011 National Proficiency winner in Swine Production is Bridget Achterberg of the Abbotsford FFA Chapter in Wisconsin. Bridget started her swine operation at the age of eight, purchasing her first 10 pigs from her grandparents. Achterberg is supported by her parents Paul and Tina and her FFA advisor John Slipek. Audio: Bridget Achterberg, WI…. Read more »

Labor bill changes could affect youth programs

Proposed modifications to the federal labor regulations regarding youth employment could mean significant changes to the type of work young people can do on the farm.  There has also been concern about how those changes may affect how 4-H and FFA members complete their projects.  Indiana Representative Marlin Stutzman says they are checking into that… Read more »

Bollinger named Star in Agriscience

As a freshman in high school, Keith Bollinger, from Buffalo City, Wis., enrolled in a natural resources class. It was a prudent decision, as Bollinger today is a wildlife ecology major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He also volunteers and is employed with two government services helping to restore Wisconsin prairies and control invasive… Read more »

Cole Vculek of North Dakota named Star Farmer

What began as a two-acre onion crop in 2005 has since expanded to a 640-acre diversified crop farm for Cole Vculek. It could be just the beginning, as he hopes to farm up to 5,000 acres by the time he turns 30. The 21-year-old Crete, N.D., resident was named the 2011 American Star Farmer at… Read more »

Honoring Native American Heritage

One of the highlights at this year’s 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis included celebrating the Native American Heritage.  The ceremony recognized the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans, especially those involved in FFA.  Chief Earl Old Person of the Blackfoot Nation in Montana tells Brownfield how Native Americans were instrumental in the beginnings… Read more »

Star in Agribusiness goes to Kentucky FFA member

Farming has always played a role in Alex Meredith’s life. A resident of Glendale, Ky., his interest in horticulture began at an early age, and as a young entrepreneur he began delving into horticulture sales. His initiative has now won him top honors. A graduate of Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, Ky., and member… Read more »

Goeckel named Star in Ag Placement

While working with his father on his commercial cow and crop production operation, Alex Goeckel of Washington, Kan., became interested in the livestock industry. This interest continued to grow and now has won him top honors. Goeckel, a member of the Washington FFA Chapter, in Washington, Kansas was named the Star of Agricultural Placement at… Read more »

Meet the 2011-2012 National FFA officer team

As the 84th National FFA Convention drew to a close, six students from across the country were elected as the 2011-2012 National FFA officer team. Ryan Best of New Mexico is a junior at New Mexico State majoring in agricultural and extension education.  AUDIO: Ryan Best, National FFA President (9:12mp3)  Alicia Hodnik is a sophomore… Read more »

Ag Secretary impressed by Nat’l FFA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told Brownfield that as he walked on stage at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, October 22, to address the 84th National FFA Convention he was just hoping he could live up to the standards set by the National Officers. “They were so articulate, I thought my heavens, I’ve got to follow this… Read more »