Partnering to promote service

This weekend’s Brickyard 400 will be the first time the National FFA Organization is featured as a primary car sponsor in a NASCAR race. The Number 38 Living to Serve Ford is a partnership between FFA and CSX. Driver David Gilliland says he’s excited to represent the organization.  “I think what they do is incredible,”… Read more »

Missouri dairy bill needs funding

  The Missouri Dairy industry hopes the legislature will fund the Dairy Revitalization Act that passed this spring.  The law would offset the premiums paid for the Margin Protection Program. Missouri Dairy Association President Lloyd Gunter, a dairy farmer in Conway, says dairy farmers need the help, “So, if they state will pay a large… Read more »

The Pavilion is full

Livestock are headed to Michigan State University this week for the Michigan Livestock Expo.  The state’s largest youth livestock exhibition runs through Sunday at the MSU Livestock Pavilion. Coordinator Ernie Birchmeier says while numbers are up, market hog participation is much higher than expected. “Numbers continue to grow and that’s a true testament to the… Read more »

Upcoming Missouri State Fair, showing off ag

Students and teachers of agriculture will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Missouri State Fair in August. Fair Director Mark Wolfe tells Brownfield there will be demonstrations put on by 4-H and FFA students, “It gives them an opportunity to tell the world, you know, what they’re doing, how they do it. It really… Read more »

Illinois FFA officer says “it’s the people”

The Illinois FFA State Treasurer is one of a team of officers looking back on the past year as they get ready to hand their leadership roles to others. About 4-thousand people are gathered in Springfield for the 2015 state convention. Willow Krumwiede of Pike County says it’s been an exciting year as a state… Read more »

Michigan Milk hosts marketing tour

Michigan youth are invited to the 78th Annual MMPA/4-H Milk Marketing Tour, the longest running 4-H tour in existence. More details in today’s Michigan Ag Industry Update. AUDIO: Michigan Ag Industry Update (1:59 mp3):  

Missouri 4H Foundation donors honored at breakfast

4H is an important part of the upbringing of many Missouri young people and donors to the Missouri 4H Foundation help to make that possible.  They were reminded of the foundation’s importance Thursday at the State Fair Grand Champion Ham Breakfast hosted on campus by University of Missouri Chancellor Bowen Loften. “4H gives our youth… Read more »

FFA Skills Contest breaks record

The Michigan FFA Ag Skills contest today reports the highest level of member participation ever recorded. Dr. Randy Showerman, Michigan FFA Association State Advisor says they have over 717 teams competing in 23 FFA Ag Skills Contest, and more than 500 students than last year. “The major increase I believe is because to the direct… Read more »

87th Missouri FFA Convention a wrap

Missouri FFA convention, like others across the U.S., is a coming together, a celebration of awards, rewards and friendships. It’s about saying ‘hello’ to new state officers and ‘goodbye’ to old ones.  Shaylee Wallace, had just left the stage as outgoing Missouri State FFA Vice President last Friday. “It’s one of the most emotional roller… Read more »

MSU offers college credit to FFA students

Students that received their Michigan FFA State Degrees this spring will be the first high school students to earn college credit at Michigan State University (MSU). Dr. Randy Showerman, Michigan FFA Association State Advisor says this accomplishment was a few years in the making. “We looked at what was the content that was being taught… Read more »