2016 Iowa Pork Queen aspires to return to the farm

Holly Cook of Winthrop, Iowa, is the 2016 Iowa Pork Queen, crowned this week at the Iowa Pork Congress.  She tells Brownfield that she looks forward to representing Iowa pork producers in the next year. “I would like to reach as many people as possible to answer their questions and talk to them about anything… Read more »

Kesler voted Fairest of the Fairs

Gloria Kesler of Calumet County has been crowned Wisconsin’s 50th FAIREST OF THE FAIRS. Kesler, representing Calumet County Fair, is a junior at the University of Wisconsin/Platteville majoring in Ag Education.  She helps at the University’s Pioneer Farm with livestock, including training beef cattle for show.  She was chosen from 37 other contestants who voted… Read more »

Become a Michigan Dairy Ambassador

High school and college students have until January 8th to apply for the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program.  Each year a junior and senior ambassador is chosen at the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference in February. The top applicants will receive media training during interviews and serve as an ambassador at community and… Read more »

FFA winner seeks to refine marketing skills

Andrew Streff is one of two South Dakota FFA students who won a Proficiency Award at the recent National FFA Convention. He’s a member of the McCook Central FFA and works on 700 of his family’s 15-hundred soybean acres. He rents 28 acres of his own that he plants to soybeans. Streff says the biggest… Read more »

Amy Wyant – Veterinary Science

Amy Wyant of the Pontiac FFA Chapter in Illinois is the manager of the Livingston County Humane Society. She began volunteering her free time walking dogs and socializing cats. Because of the relationships she developed, when the manager position opened, she applied and received the job. As manager, she assists with basic medical procedures, performs… Read more »

Matthew Ries – Swine Production

As a child, Matthew S. Ries of the Lomira FFA Chapter in Wisconsin helped his father feed hogs and give vaccinations on the family hog farm. When he was in the third grade, he was given two pigs to raise and show at the fair. Today, the farm has 100 sows, with 20 sows farrowing… Read more »

Gus Mitchem – Swine Production

Augustas Mitchem of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter in Washington C.H., Ohio, has lived on a swine farm all his life. His grandfather started him out with six sows and he has since expanded to a 22-sow herd. He purchases purebred gilts and shows some of his own at county, state, and national shows as… Read more »

Brett Petersen – Specialty Crop Production

Brett Petersen of the Kerkhoven Murdock Sunburg FFA Chapter in Minnesota works for his family farm producing 1,500 acres of sugar beets. He began his own independent operation in 2014 by purchasing 25 acres of sugar beets to grow. He’s developed the ability to cultivate, plant, spray and harvest his beets. Petersen is supported by… Read more »

Sam Shaver – Outdoor Recreation

Sam Alan Shaver of the Southmont FFA Chapter in Crawfordsville, Ind., helps his family run the largest off-road ATV race East of the Mississippi, The Ironman. Seeing the success of the race, Shaver helped launch an extreme 5K on the family property that has more than 8,000 participants each year. The family also owns a… Read more »

Troy Mabis – Landscape Management

Troy Mabis of the Talawanda FFA Chapter in Oxford, Ohio, has always wanted to be like his father so it made sense that he would go to work for him in his landscaping business. From his mentor, he’s learned to build allen block retaining walls, layer paver patios, construct landscapes and operate all the necessary… Read more »