USFRA’s seeking ‘Faces of Farming’ applicants

Illinois farmer Thomas Titus is one of USFRA’s Faces of Farming & Ranching and he says it has been a way to highlight the up and coming generation of producers. “We have three generations actively involved on our farm each and every day. Whenever the kids get off the bus, or like they are on summer… Read more »

Spill the Beans contest targets urban youth

Urban youth are the focus of a new video contest highlighting agriculture. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Animal Sciences are cooperatively sponsoring “Spill the Beans.” Linda Funk is helping the Board promote the contest and says Wisconsin 4-H and FFA members are encouraged to submit short videos that showcase the… Read more »

Illinois FFA members, beef producers convene blocks apart

From cattlemen to agriculture youth, it’s a busy week in Springfield, Illinois.  Thousands of Illinois FFA members opened their convention at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center doing business and comparing notes on projects. Illinois FFA Section 15 President Aidan Groves told Brownfield Ag News Tuesday that those project, Supervised Agricultural Experiences, range from livestock and… Read more »

Cargill’s Mark Poeschl named next FFA CEO

A former state FFA president and current executive at Cargill has been named the next chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation. Mark Poeschl of Brookville, Ohio will succeed current CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong who is retiring June 30. Poeschl currently serves as vice president, group director, stakeholder engagement at… Read more »

Missouri FFA president follows family tradition

The new president of the Missouri FFA is carrying on a family tradition.  Colton Spencer from Aurora, Missouri is not the first in his family to serve as a state FFA officer.  Spencer’s sister served as a state FFA officer, but before that, his dad Jim Spencer was a state officer in 1985 and 86. … Read more »

FFA prepares students to farm and to advocate

Students involved in FFA are better prepared to turn what they’ve learned into advocacy for agriculture.  Missouri FFA 2015-2016 Secretary Alex Stichnote tells Brownfield that FFA members are taught production agriculture, but are also taught to speak on behalf of farmers. “It’s really cool to see kind of that transition from they’ve grown up on… Read more »

Michigan FFA members receiving college credit

The number of FFA members receiving credit from Michigan State University has increased by 50 percent since last year’s announcement of the university offering six credit hours to students that earned their Michigan FFA state degrees. State FFA Advisor Dr. Randy Showerman tells Brownfield there are more opportunities for young people to learn about agriculture… Read more »

Teaching the science of agriculture

Agriculture needs future scientists and ag science fairs are serving as the stepping stones to recruit students. Mike Everett with Michigan State University tells Brownfield the Arthur Berkey Ag, Food and Natural Resources Science Fair has doubled in size almost every year since it began in 2007.  “The program is going to continue to grow… Read more »

The future of agriculture aims to be…

Young people behind the blue and gold corduroy are more than future farmers. Michigan FFA State President Conner Ewald tells Brownfield this year’s state officer team wanted to inspire FFA members to be individuals with their theme “Aim to Be.”   “It wasn’t our choice to tell the members what they should be aiming to be,… Read more »

Contest encourages hands on learning

A new campaign from the American Farm Bureau Foundation hopes to provide children a hands on opportunity to learn about agriculture. Julie Tesch, executive director for the Foundation says the contest coincides with the Foundation’s most recent Book of the Year, First Peas to the Table. “The book talks about Thomas Jefferson and his friends… Read more »