Agriculture

Ag 101: Horses

Hitch up to these equine facts.

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Ag 101: The Basics of Beans

Explore the dry edible (or field) bean industry, an important part of U.S. agriculture.

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Ag 101: Meat Goats

Find out more about goats raised for meat.

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Ag 101: Horses

Take a ride back in time 50 million years to discover the origin of today’s horses. These graceful creatures originated in North America and spread to Asia and Europe. Originally, horses were used for milk and meat when they were first domesticated around 3000 or 4000 B.C. Approximately 10,000 years ago, the horses left behind... Read more »... Read more »
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Ag 101: The Basics of Beans

This summer, when enjoying some baked beans at a backyard barbecue, give some thought to how those beans were grown, harvested, processed and prepared for your meal. Dry edible beans, also known as eld beans, are grown to their mature stage, then dried and harvested for the seed within their pods. Although not as widely... Read more »... Read more »
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Ag 101: Meat Goats

Although beef and chicken may take center stage on American dinner tables, goat meat makes up a staggering 63 percent of all red meat consumption worldwide. Goats are the primary protein source in many African, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Caribbean countries. Meat goats are also the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. livestock industry. With... Read more »... Read more »
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Agriculture Advocate: Talking Cows and Sows

Have you noticed the questions swirling around these days about where our food comes from and how it is produced? It really shouldn’t come as a surprise given 80 percent of Americans live outside of rural areas. Many of these consumers have probably never set foot on a farm, which makes them increasingly hungry for... Read more »... Read more »

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2014 National FFA Talent Competition

Every year, talented FFA members wow their peers with their jaw-dropping talents in the National FFA Talent Competition. Winner Sydney Lambert blew the crowd away with her exceptional voice and passion for music. She relished every moment that led up to winning the final competition. “I love just getting to compete in something that I... Read more »... Read more »
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Once Blue, Forever Blue

It’s the most recognizable symbol of the National FFA Organization, and if you ask FFA members past and present about their feelings for the FFA jacket, they’ll bubble over with pride when they talk about what the jacket has meant to them. Take, for example, Derek Schmidt of the Peabody-Burns FFA Chapter in Kansas. “If... Read more »... Read more »
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Puppy Love: FFA Members Train Guide Dogs for the Blind

Everyone thinks of puppies as cuddly playmates and loyal companions, but for visually impaired individuals, a puppy can open the door to rich life full of mobility and experiences. Members of Centennial FFA, Mayfield FFA and the Las Cruces High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) in New Mexico came together to assist in the... Read more »... Read more »
Erin Hammond

An Ounce of Prevention

Polk City, IA After spending two weeks volunteering at a rural Haitian medical clinic, Erin Hammond noticed a lack of agricultural education in the region, resulting in devastating soil erosion and crop loss. The experience inspired Erin to write a research paper on food security in Haiti for the World Food Prize and fueled her... Read more »... Read more »
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