New Century Farmer Participants Meet With World Food Prize’s Ambassador Quinn

Thursday was an amazing day for participants of the 2015 New Century Farmer program.

Four days into the five-day seminar focused on the future of production agriculture, the 50 participants from across the nation were joined by Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, and currently the leader of the World Food Prize Foundation. He joined WFP on January 1, 2000, following his retirement from the State Department after a 32 year career in the Foreign Service. Continue reading

2015 New Century Farmer Begins in Iowa

Monday, 50 outstanding young people selected to participate in the 2015 New Century Farmer program began the  intensive seminar in Johnstown, Iowa. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.  Continue reading

2013 New Century Farmer Conference Starts July 14 in Des Moines

Fifty students have been selected to attend the National FFA Organization’s 2013 New Century Farmer Conference July 14-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

FFA members selected for this year’s conference represent 23 U.S. states:The conference helps prepare FFA members committed to careers in production agriculture by providing them specialized training in entrepreneurial leadership, practical knowledge, vision, global perspective and personal growth.

 ALABAMA: Brady Peek of Elkmont

CALIFORNIA: Thomas Fantozzi of Patterson, Jeffrey Quaglino of Arroyo Grande and Lauren Friend of Tulare

COLORADO: Preston Talbert of Wray

DELAWARE: Jake Jones of Milford

FLORIDA: Andrew Land of Live Oak

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Only one week left to apply for New Century Farmer!

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Watch this video to see some highlights from last year’s New Century Farmer conference.

In today’s global economy, farming is an exciting, fast-paced, and high-tech career. The New Century Farmer conference helps college students develop their careers in production agriculture by providing them with an opportunity to advance their:

  • Entrepreneurial leadership skills
  • Practical knowledge
  • Visioning
  • Global perspective
  • Personal growth

There’s only one week left to apply for this amazing opportunity! Application are due on Friday, March 15.

Go to www.ffa.org/ncf to find out how to apply.

The New Century Farmer conference is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Case IH, CSX Corporation, and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Calling all New Century Farmers!

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Are you a college student who is pursuing a career in the exciting, high-tech and fast-paced field of production agriculture?

Apply to attend the 2013 New Century Farmer Conference for the chance to advance your skills and knowledge!
Fifty selected students will receive an all-expense paid trip to Des Moines, Iowa, where they will network with industry experts, attend workshops and session, participate in industry tours, and so much more.

Applications are due on Friday, March 15th at 5p.m. EST.

Please review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process.

If you have any questions please contact Lindsey Calhoun at lcalhoun@ffa.org or 317-802-4263.

The New Century Farmer conference is sponsored by Pioneer – A Dupont Company, Case IH, CSX Corporation, and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

New Century Farmer – Day Four

This week, students attending the New Century Farmer conference will be blogging about the lessons they’re learning and the friends they’re making there. The conference is taking place on the Pioneer campus in Des Moines, Iowa.  Topics covered include the global agricultural marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. 

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Today was a very informative and exciting day for those of us that have the privilege of being at the New Century Farmer Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. We started the day off with an excellent presentation by Farm Credit Services representative Gary Matteson, followed up by a very intense round of discussion.

The information Gary Matteson provided us with was excellent. It related perfectly to the situations most of the attendants are dealing with. Basically, he explained to us the different opportunities there are for young and beginning farmers to borrow money for farm investments and expenses. One thing that was really amazing was the amount of young people in the room who have already successfully borrowed substantial amounts of money for their operations.

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New Century Farmer – Day Two

This week, students attending the New Century Farmer conference will be blogging about the lessons they’re learning and the friends they’re making there. The conference is taking place on the Pioneer campus in Des Moines, Iowa.  Topics covered include the global agricultural marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. 

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On Tuesday, July 10, we kicked off the day by visiting commodity groups, both crop and livestock based. During the livestock tour, Corey Geiger from Hoard’s Dairyman and Jeff Muchow from Iowa Premium Beef shared many points about  trends and issues in the beef and dairy industries.

On the crop commodity tours, we engaged with the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Corn Growers.  Our discussions ranged from global communication and trade efforts to issues facing beginning family farmers transitioning from one generation to the next.

Peter Woltz of Timber Ridge Cattle Co. shared his knowledge of marketing and niche marketing from the standpoint of his own flax-fed beef cattle operation. From Peter, we learned that we have to think outside of the box for new opportunities and enterprises.  We must realize that our enterprises may take us down many avenues and that we must keep an open mind to expansion or alternate avenues.

The highlight of the day was having the privilege of touring the research plots, labs, and state of the art greenhouses at Pioneer Hi-Bred International. We gained valuable insight into what goes into the crop development phase to make our hybrids as vigorous as possible. It was very clear that research and customer satisfaction are Pioneer’s leading priorities. Their dedication to the American and global consumer will continue to allow them to make strides in yield innovation. Their support of this program is invaluable!

The theme of today at NCF was “Planting the seed for your vision!” We took some time out of the day to work on the first draft of our visions, and what we foresee for our operations in the future.  It was a very eye opening experience to take a look at the foundations of our operations and think about what it is currently and what we would like to see it become.

Once again, we wrapped up the day with “Ag in a Bag.” We each brought 5-6 significant items that uniquely defined us and shared these with the group. This allowed us to gain a slight glimpse into the present, and as we hear each others visions near the end of the week, we may get to share in each others passions and excitement for the future of our operations!

~Chelsea McFarland – Kentucky

~Nathan Sahr- Minnesota

~Seth Menefee- New Mexico

The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business; Case IH; CSX Corporation; and Farm Credit; with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program is designed to provide participants with valuable skills and knowledge applicable to their own farming operations. In addition, they will build a network of colleagues that will benefit them throughout their careers.

New Century Farmer Conference – Day One

This week, students attending the New Century Farmer conference will be blogging about the lessons they’re learning and the friends they’re making there. The conference is taking place on the Pioneer campus in Des Moines, Iowa.  Topics covered include the global agricultural marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. 

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We began the morning bright and early by traveling to Pioneer where we had the opportunity to hear from Dr. David Kohl. He was a very energetic speaker who was full of  valuable information. First he spoke of our “Swiss cheese economy” which is related, connected, and dependent on every other country in the world to prosper.

Then, he talked about the  importance of setting goals. He said that 80 percent of all people have no goals, 16 percent have mental goals (those that are not written down), and the remaining 4 percent have goals that are written down. The 16 percent who have mental goals  will encounter profits three times higher than those without goals. The elite 4 percent with goals written down will make nine times more than those without goals. He encouraged us all to set our own goals in order to become successful.

Next, Dr. Kohl gave us a list of things to watch for in global economics to help  us market our own commodities and make  our operations  more profitable.

He ended his presentation by giving us ten golden rules that we can use in our operations. These rules varied from business and profit rules, to employee management, to setting our missions and goals.

One thing Dr. Kohl said made a particular impression on the group: “Better is better before bigger is better.”  That really hit home, and helped us start thinking about the directions we could take our own operations in and still be profitable.

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