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 »

Husker Food Connection helps ‘bridge the gap’

Students on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) city campus had the opportunity Thursday to learn more about where their food comes from during Husker Food Connection. Lukas Fricke, an animal science major from Ulysses and one of the organizers of the event, says it’s designed to bridge the gap between the farm and ranch students on ag… Read more »

Missouri Ag Director tells FFA kids to reach high

Reach out of your comfort zone — that was the message at the opening session of the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. Former FFA student Richard Fordyce, who is now director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, told members they should reach high, “I will tell you that there are kids right now, I think,… Read more »

New Missouri FFA President from Trenton

The 87th Missouri FFA Convention is in full gear in Columbia, Missouri. The theme of this year’s convention is Show Me Opportunity, Discover Success. New FFA President Adam Kirby with Trenton FFA says he’s excited about the year ahead and the continued role of young people in agriculture. Kirby tells Brownfield, “FFA is helping to lead… Read more »

4-H members testify at House Ag Committee

A group of 4-H members testified at a House Ag Committee hearing this week to address how they’re working to bridge the gap between urban and rural communities. Shelby Nierman, a 4-H delegate from Brownstown, Indiana spoke about the importance of connecting urban and rural consumers through 4-H.  “Programs such as 4-H are essential in… Read more »