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 »

Inspiring the next generation in agriculture

A little celebrity status never hurt anyone. Since the world was introduced to Jason Brown, former NFL turned farmer late in 2014, he’s been using his “celebrity farmer” status to educate youth about the importance of agriculture. He tells Brownfield that means bringing young people out to the farm.  “Anyway we can possibly lure them… Read more »

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 »