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The Northeast and Southeast Colorado Regional FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Career Development Exercises were recently held near New Raymer and Branson, Colorado. The events were hosted by the New Raymer and Branson FFA Chapters. Seventy-seven students participated representing …

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The theme for the 2020 GROWMARK Essay Contest is “Describe the Farmer of the Future. What tools or skills will he or she need to be successful?” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Three Iowa FFA chapters were awarded bragging rights and cash prizes in the Pionee brand A-Series Soybeans Big A Challenge. The winning chapters were recognized and their statues displayed prominently at the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.

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Bayer recently announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar commitment to 4-H and the National FFA Organization to develop future leaders in food and agriculture for generations to come. The funds will provide multi-year support for many of the key programs and activities for which the two p…

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Tractor Supply Company’s Mobile Fair Tour is making its way to your city this fair season. From Sept. 6 to 9, Kansas State Fair-goers will have the chance to experience fun and games at the Tractor Supply booth and celebrate 4-H and FFA youth who are making a difference in Hutchinson.

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Thirteen individuals will be honored in an onstage ceremony with a VIP Citation at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo held in Indianapolis Oct. 30 to Nov. 2. The VIP Citation recognizes individuals’ significant contribution to FFA and agricultural education.

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The 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program is currently accepting applications from high school seniors or college freshmen who are passionate about agriculture and are interested in representing Kansas in a week-long exchange program Oct. 26 through Nov. 3.

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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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A South Dakota FFA member is a finalist for one of the top achievements within the National FFA Organization. The FFA recently announced that Andrew Streff, from the McCook Central FFA Chapter in Salem, South Dakota, is a candidate for the American Star in Ag Placement award.

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Evaluating livestock is not only for the judge at the county or state fair. FFA members across the country are competing in livestock evaluation career development events that teach young students the skills and knowledge necessary to produce the next generations of livestock. In livestock j…

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Thirty-six FFA members have been selected to participate in the New Century Farmer conference in Indianapolis. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.

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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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