Be the One

National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors are trained to give presentations and facilitate workshops to audiences of all ages who are interested in learning more about the agriculture industry. The 2012-2013 National Collegiate Ag Ambassador Team  is in Raleigh, North Carolina this week for training. Here’s a report from two ambassadors, Breanne Brammer and Brandon Smith:

Our national Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador journey began in Raleigh, North Carolina. We have found ourselves surrounded by twenty of our fellow ambassadors who hail from Oregon to Delaware.

On the first day teammates formed a close bond that has enabled us to “be the one.” “Be the one” is the our training theme, which teaches us to extend beyond leadership. It is a concept that focuses on individual drive that makes in impact in the agriculture industry.

An agriculture ambassador completes 30 hours of presentations throughout the year and reaches out to nearly 20,000 students, community members and collegians. As 2012-2013 agriculture ambassadors our goal is to go above and beyond our duties by dedicating more hours and individuals through innovative presentations.

While at training, agriculture ambassadors competed the annual ambassador Olympics where they experienced team bonding. Throughout the week the team has also had the opportunity to network with agriculture industry leaders from BASF and Syngenta

We toured research facilities at Syngenta and BASF where we explored first-hand career success, professional growth and premier leadership. Ambassadors focused on some of the most vital aspects of the agriculture industry. Our workshops focused on topics ranging from pest control to enhance yields.

We had the privilege of meeting with representatives from: U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Professor Thakur of North Carolina State University, Crop Life Foundation with Mr. Gianessi, North Carolina Pork Council, and RTP Cornwallis. These people, organizations, and industry leaders have shown us how important their agriculture industry roles are. During conversations with these representatives we discussed the need for agriculture advocates in our generation.

Our team has shown a great appreciation for the agriculture industry; we are dedicated to spreading information about our passion, that is agriculture. We look forward to working with our sponsors and impacting lives in the coming year. With new and inventive ideas thriving in this group. We are able to educate, involve, and touch the lives of people in all walks of life. Here in Raleigh, North Carolina our group of agriculture ambassadors is striving to “be the one.”

The program is sponsored by BASF, Syngenta, CSX, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and the National Pork Board as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

One comment on “Be the One

  1. I am a FFA Alumni Member. Was the 1946 Vermont State President. I turned totally to Organic Dairy Farming in 1953. Never used any more Chemicals of any kind when I realized what sufiric acid does to our soil to make super phosphate. Won many awards over all the chemical farmers and would not take any phosphate through the government program. I am concerned that I can not encouraged some Chapter to take up testing Organic like I did side by side. I have seen many problems with Conventional Farming in the last sixty years. Herbicides leaching into the water way that was suppose to dispatate so I was told. Chemical fertilizer is 100% water soluable and farmers are over loaded so what the plants do not use leaches into the water ways all over America. Many areas the cow manure is blamed more than the chemical by the EPA,DEQ and other Government Agentcies Cow manure has very little water soluable NP and breaks down into organic mater for plant growth and never reach the water ways, The nitrogen is in the urine. Chemicals do not break down. Reason Monsanto has many Lobist’s in Washington to preswade the Congress that all the chemicals are needed. Ethonal is not renewable energy as there is only 30 years of phosphoruos left in the US, Always told corn takes many tons of phosphate. I would not expect any farm to good cold turkey all the way. I feel it is time to start. I can vouch that will work and I can capture enough Nitrogrn from the atmosphere if the Organic matter is suficent and deep enough in the soil I have soil test to prove it. I wrote a book Leraned by the Fencepost Lessons in Organic Gardening & Farming. I know that Monstanto gives thousands of dollars to the Chapters for contests but that is very dangerous for the future. I never took any grants or gifts from any one as I did not want to be under there control. The book is on Amazon in the title. I tried to get some to the Colleges doing Organic research with 15m grants from the USDA . Got repramanded by one college for sending it. He did not read it but said he was a professor and they were doing the researdch but he was just the grants writer. Not a word from the other colleges. I am 83 and should probably set back an not get involved. I can not believe in the GMO corn seed costing 200 dollars an acre. Fertilizer is going sky high in cost . The chemical Companies have the Farmers over a barrol. The Dairy Farmes in Vermont and beef Farmers are not able to make ends meet and it will get worse. I have been called an old grizzly gezzar. My motto is SOIL, FOOD and HEALTH in this order.. The SOIL is the LIFE BLOOD of the EARTH and all FOOD come from the SOIL

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