USDA Launches New Website for New Farmers and Ranchers

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Farmers work hard. They work to produce food that will eventually be on our dinner plate, while dealing with unpredictable weather, long hours and countless risks. New farmers face more obstacles with starting their operations with acquiring land, equipment and capital as well as learning about regulations and insurance policies.

With these new challenges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to guide the next generation of farmers for their future careers. As FFA members are also preparing to be future leaders in the industry, USDA’s New Farmers website could be used as a valuable resource. Continue reading

ICAL 2014: Days 1-3 in Japan

Editor’s Note: The International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) program travels overseas to learn about global agriculture and international marketing. The group of 12 Collegiate FFA members departed the U.S. on May 20 for a 10-day tour of Japan where they engaged U.S. Embassy officials and government leaders; toured feed mills, animal markets, small farms and livestock operations; and toured food processing plants, among other activities. ICAL 2014 is made possible through support from The Grains Foundation.

Day 1 – We’re in Japan!

The ICAL 2014 group prior to departure.

The ICAL 2014 group prior to departure.

Our flight went really well. It was about 12-hours and during the flight we flew over the Alaskan Islands, which was pretty cool! We were on one of United Airlines’ new planes called the Dreamliner and it was phenomenal. Even the food was tasty!

We met Tommy Hamamoto, Director of the US Grains Council in Japan, at the airport and drove about 1-hr to Tokyo from Narita. It was rainy and cloudy, which seems to be a common trend here in Japan.

We drove past Disneyland, Tokyo and over a couple of waterways that led to the Pacific Ocean. It’s strange to think that we’re now on the opposite side of the ocean from the U.S. Continue reading

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FFA Link: Your Way to Career Success

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Network with industry leaders and young professionals with new FFALink

By Hannah Kleckner, newsroom and media relations intern

LOUISVILLE – As a young professional and FFA member, a career within the agriculture industry may be in your not-so-distant future. It’s no secret, though, that landing an actual job isn’t always an easy process. But fear not; if a “connection to success” is what you’re looking for, FFA Link is here to help.

FFA Link is a newly established exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their passion for agriculture with real-world career skills.

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Intern Insight: On the Job Opportunities

Each summer, the National FFA Organization and its supporters offer internship opportunities for college students looking to gain experience in various roles. It’s a great fit for students looking to grow professionally in numerous areas while boosting their future qualifications. This summer, we’ll offer a chance for several of those interns to journal their experiences here in Intern Insight. This is the second entry from Ellen Reeder, a corporate communications intern for John Deere.

Ellen Reeder

Ellen Reeder

Last week, I spent several days out of the office traveling for my internship.

My first out of office visit was to a John Deere dealership in Dixon, Ill. I grew up going to the John Deere dealership in my hometown, but I was always the errand girl. Being the errand girl means one thing: something needs fixed and you’d better not waste any time. That consequently meant that I was never able to actually ask any questions of our dealer.

Last week, I got to sit down for a roundtable discussion with two other interns, a dealer, and a territory manager. I asked questions until I was blue in the face. Continue reading

Intern Insights: Week 7 With Jon

Each summer, the National FFA Organization offers internship opportunities for college students looking to gain experience in various roles. It’s a great fit for students looking to grow professionally in numerous areas while boosting their future qualifications. This summer, we’ll offer a chance for several of those interns to journal their experiences here in Intern Insight.

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We are done.

New Century Farmer 2013 is in the books – a surreal statement that has yet to really sink in with us here at the National FFA Organization. It seemed like yesterday when I was starting here in Indianapolis and was being briefed on all that we had to do for New Century Farmer.

Des Moines was all too good to us and words cannot describe the fantastic New Century Farmer class of 2013. I am still blown away by the size and scale of operations that these folks are running at my age, or even younger. It’s rather amazing in my book that these students are able to attend and excel in school as a full-time student, manage their farm operations, and are still able to join us for a week in Iowa to grow professionally. Continue reading