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Nearly 700 4-H and FFA students and over 200 coaches from over 34 states recently gathered in Oklahoma for the 68th National Land and Range Judging Contest. After two days of practice at sites in the Oklahoma City area, the contest was held near El Reno, Oklahoma, at the Cheyenne Arapaho Tri…

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A recently introduced House bill would give an economic boost to young people in agriculture by allowing 4-H and FFA students aged 21 and younger to keep more of the modest income they earn. The students can turn around and put the money toward higher education or future agricultural project…

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Next week marks National Ag Week, an opportunity for those in the field of agriculture to celebrate the industry. Through Ag Week, Americans learn how food and fiber products are produced; the vital role agriculture plays in today’s economy; and how agriculture provides safe, abundant and af…

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Science, technology, engineering, and math careers are in high demand and will continue to be in future years. To engage youth in crop science-based education, the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge was created as a partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension.

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It may come as no surprise that a young man raised in a small town in Kentucky (Burgin, population 900) grew up participating in the National FFA Organization. For Dillon Carmichael, the organization became a community for him—from becoming treasurer to the FFA Convention, FFA camp, FFA tale…

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Do you know a teen who loves learning about crops? Perhaps she is considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, or water or perhaps he wants to figure out how to feed the world's growing population in a sustainable way?

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A small FFA chapter located in rural Oklahoma doesn’t let anything get in its way. From agriculture awareness activities to livestock shows and everything in between, the Mulhall-Orlando FFA Chapter takes pride in all things related to agriculture.

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Wyatt Merry of Texhoma, Oklahoma, has a passion for farming. He’s only 14 but his mother, Jessica Merry, said Wyatt has loved agriculture from the beginning.

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Tractor Supply’s “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour recently completed its 11,000-mile cross-country journey to state and county fairs, making 24 stops in 14 states over six months from June to November 2018. The fourth year of the tour recognized more than 100 4-H and FFA youth who are making a d…

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Like a good bread recipe or a cowboy tall tale, farming is a tradition Austin Stanton’s family has passed through generations. After his ancestors’ emigration from Ireland nearly 200 years ago, Austin sustains his farming operation on the same land.

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To commemorate 75 years of partnership with the National FFA Organization, John Deere is providing a $75,000 contribution to the FFA Living to Serve Platform. The funds are in addition to the wide range of support for FFA activities already sponsored by Deere.

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Serving as South Dakota FFA state officers means more than wearing the FFA official jacket at events. State FFA officers represent the South Dakota FFA in everything they do and are Forever Blue. The Farm Forum recognizes the important role these six college students play in representing the…

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4-H and FFA champions from around the state competed in the 13th Annual Nebraska Elite Showman Competition recently at the Nebraska State Fair. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Rural Radio Association coordinate this prestigious event in cooperation with the Nebraska S…

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The FFA corduroy jacket is more than part of official dress. To its owner, the FFA jacket is a physical reminder of the personal accomplishments achieved through the organization—a symbol of commitment and dedication for all who wear the corduroy. The jacket unifies members in a long-standin…

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AGCO Corporation, Duluth, Georgia, is having the second annual Sowing Good Deeds program, showcasing rodeo committees throughout North America and the substantive impact they have in their local communities.

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The Kansas Sunflower Commission is hosting a variety plot tour on Aug. 3 in Reno County, Kansas, near Hutchinson. Sunflower Commissioner Cameron Peirce (620-727-1207) will host the tour at his farm in rural Reno county.

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Innovative technology is rapidly changing the Kansas agriculture industry, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture has partnered with Northwest Kansas Technical College, the Kansas Water Office and the Kansas Ag Research & Technology Association to host the first-ever Ag Tech Expo on Au…

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The officers of the South Dakota FFA recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to take part in the State Officer Summit. Those attending were President William (Colton) Riley, Rapid City; Vice President Sarah Kroeger, Lennox; Secretary Marie Robbins, Elkton; Treasurer Grady Gullickson, Flandreau…

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The South Dakota FFA Foundation is proud to have established the Ernie Wingen Memorial Endowment, in honor of the past high school agriculture education instructor who passed away in 2011. His son, Pat Wingen and former FFA student, Fred DeRouchey made the initial donation to establish the f…

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Several FFA members in the High Plains Journal readership area were recently named U.S. Presidential Scholars—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students—for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education. Each year, up to 161 students receiv…

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More than 700 4-H and FFA students from over 30 states competed in the recent 67th National Land and Range Judging Contest hosted by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. After two days of practice at sites in Oklahoma City, the contest was held outside of El Reno, Oklahoma at …

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The blue corduroy jacket is a familiar symbol of the FFA organization, worn as part of official dress during most FFA activities. At the recent South Dakota FFA convention in Brookings, as part of a South Dakota FFA Living to Serve Day, members removed their jackets and rolled up their sleev…

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GEvery scoop counts at Culver’s on Scoops of Thanks Day happening May 3. Guests can get $1 single scoops of Fresh Frozen Custard, and all proceeds will go to FFA and other local agricultural organizations that strengthen American agriculture and the industry’s future leaders.

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Culver’s is celebrating National FFA Week in a big way. Through its Thank You Farmers Project, the restaurant launched its fourth annual FFA Essay Contest on Feb. 19. The three winning essay writers will win $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their FFA chapters.

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Agriculture is part of our daily lives—from the food we eat to the clothes we wear. More than 653,000 FFA members will celebrate the role agriculture plays in our lives while sharing the message of agricultural education as part of National FFA Week.

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It’s stock show season again. Both 4-H and FFA members have been working hard all winter to get to the county stock show to exhibit their prized animals. This year the show will take place Feb. 20 to 23 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

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Talking with students about a future in agriculture is Mark Poeschl’s passion. As CEO of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, Poeschl sees tremendous opportunity for students pursuing an interest in agriculture, whether it’s in the field or in agricultural technology.

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The most exciting night in Iowa agricultural education is back for year four. The Iowa FFA Foundation’s 4th annual Black Ties, Blue Jackets welcomes supporters of agricultural education for an evening of celebration and elegance.

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The 2018 Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen’s Academy class consists of 20 participants from across Kansas. Merck Animal Health is partnering with KLA to host members in their 20s for a series of four seminars throughout the year.

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Madelyn Derks, representing the King City FFA chapter, was named the winner of the 2018 Missouri Cattle Industry FFA Public Speaking Contest. The final round of the competition was held Saturday, Jan. 6, during the 50th annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Columbia. D…

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