Getting youth excited about agriculture

This morning DuPont executive vice-president Jim Borel took to the Red Gold stage in the DuPont Food Pavilion to talk about what the company is doing to actively engage the next generation of agriculturalists to find solutions to feed the growing world population. In the US, the company is very involved in 4-H and FFA. … Read more »

Nebraska farm kids eligible for scholarship contest

Nebraska farm kids can win a college savings plan scholarship of up to $2,500 by entering the fourth annual “NEST on the Farm” scholarship contest. NEST stands for Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, which administers Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans. The scholarship contest is open to children and teens ages seven to 13 who live on… Read more »

Swine Show success for Illinois siblings

The Caldwell family of Elmwood, Illinois took home a number of awards from the Junior National Swine Show at the World Pork Expo last week in Iowa.  Maddie Caldwell has competed at the Expo six of the seven years she’s been showing pigs and tells Brownfield it’s exciting to compete at this level, “This is… Read more »

Hot job market for ag college grads

The job market for ag college graduates is sizzling hot right now. “In terms of a prosperous career, right now, agriculture is king,” says Mike Gaul, director of career services at Iowa State University (ISU). Gaul says a whopping 98 percent of graduates from the ISU College of Ag and Life Sciences are finding jobs… Read more »

Iowa FFA president delivers final address

At last week’s state FFA convention in Ames, Josh Earll of Sibley delivered his final address as the 2013-14 president of the Iowa FFA Association. The title of his speech was “Playing Cards”. “My main message was it’s not the cards you’re dealt, it’s how you play them,” Earll says. “So essentially just saying that… Read more »

Focus on rural strengths to attract and keep young

A discussion on Capitol Hill about keeping and attracting more people to rural areas to improve economic development turned to the subject of young people. Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly told Doug O’Brien, USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, that it’s a big concern of his, “One of the things I worry about is losing our young people… Read more »

Missouri FFA President continues family tradition

The new Missouri FFA State President continued a family tradition when he joined the FFA. Salisbury, Missouri FFA member Cole Edwards, selected President at the 86th Missouri FFA Convention, followed his older brother, his parents and his grandparents in the agricultural youth organization. He tells Brownfield that joining the FFA was “a no brainer.” “I… Read more »

FFA Officers thrive on personal contact with members

National FFA Officers say that they enjoy personal contact with other FFA members. By the time their terms end, the six National FFA Officers potentially are in contact with 20 percent of the more than 500,000 FFA members around the nation. National FFA Secretary Mitch Baker tells Brownfield that in addition to gaining airport navigation… Read more »

Missouri FFA Convention brings together ag youth

The Missouri State FFA convention brings together thousands of Missouri’s young people for competition and meetings.  Rebecca Tate from Trenton helps in the media room, but enjoys most her place on her chapter’s meats judging team. “I absolutely love it,” she told Brownfield Ag News Thursday.  “I’m on the team with three of my best… Read more »

New Nebraska FFA officers announced

Nebraska FFA has announced its officer team for 2014-15. Pictured, left to right, are Blair Hartman, State Vice President, Imperial FFA Chapter; Colton Flower, State Secretary, Scottsbluff FFA Chapter; Andrea Wach, State Vice President, Hayes Center FFA Chapter; Paige Dexter, State President, Chambers FFA Chapter; Amanda Lambrecht, State Vice President, Blair FFA Chapter; Brandon Nichols,… Read more »