Ag careers

A Good Outlook for Ag Careers

November 09, 2015
If you want to pursue a career that’s in high demand and only growing stronger, agriculture is the answer. In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new employment outlook report that shows there are an estimated 57,900 job openings in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment fields each year. There... Read more »... Read more »

Gleaning for Good

November 09, 2015
After harvest, vegetable fields are often left with product that may not meet the requirements for the regular market, and organizations are invited in to glean (which means harvest) the remainder. The Branch Area Career Center FFA partnered with local farmers in 2015 to glean 680 pounds of peppers and 1,080 pounds of potatoes, donating... Read more »... Read more »
Jimmy Carter FFA jacket

FFA on Display at the Smithsonian

November 09, 2015
Even the Smithsonian Institute knows the power of an FFA jacket! The American Enterprise exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., features the FFA jackets of illustrious FFA alumni, including former President Jimmy Carter. The exhibit, which opened in July 2015, highlights the nation’s business evolution and its agricultural roots. Learn... Read more »... Read more »
FFA member and volunteer firefighter, Joseph A. Wesolowski

FFA Ignites Leadership

November 09, 2015
Joseph A. Wesolowski doesn’t just use the strong work ethic and leadership skills learned in FFA for his various SAEs. In addition to his market swine project, Joe spends his time responding to barn fires, house fires, brush fires and medical assistance calls with the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company. The blue corduroy jacket has given... Read more »... Read more »
Liz Shroeder, Wisconsin

FFA Featured Face – Liz Shroeder

November 09, 2015
Liz Schroeder has served as president, treasurer and reporter for her FFA chapter. She participated in the dairy products CDE and was the 2013-2014 Albany Dairy Queen, serving as an ag ambassador to the community.... Read more »
Joshua Todd – Jackson, NJ

FFA Featured Face – Joshua Todd

November 09, 2015
Participating in FFA has given Joshua Todd the confidence and leadership skills to become chapter president. He is dedicated to helping the younger members and serving his community.... Read more »
Clint Beel – Stewarts Creek FFA, TN

FFA Featured Face – Clint Beel

November 09, 2015
An avid beekeeper, Clint Beel is responsible for the health and productivity of his family’s nine hives. He is active in his local beekeepers association and hopes to become a certified state beekeeper.... Read more »
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (center) spent a few moments with Illinois FFA before unveiling the new graphic to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of U.S. Department of Agriculture in the hometown of its founder President Abraham Lincoln. The event took place at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IL, on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Q(uestions) and A(griculture) with Secretary Vilsack

November 09, 2015
As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack knows the importance of our farm, food and fiber industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the American farming and agriculture industry, from helping farmers secure new domestic and foreign markets for their products to inspecting food to ensure its safety for American consumers. Secretary Vilsack understands... Read more »... Read more »

Crops from the Classroom

November 09, 2015
FFA chapters and members across the nation are redefining the term, farm-to-table. Taking growing matters into their own hands, they’re delivering fresh, school-to-table food to their peers and communities. Holeman High School Take, for example, the Holmen FFA Chapter in Wisconsin. Students raise chickens to be fed to the school community at a special dinner... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: Honeybees

November 09, 2015
Honeybees are tiny little creatures that seem to spend most of their time buzzing around the pool and garden. But do you know the important work they do? The two most important roles of a honeybee are pollinating and making honey. Honeybees pollinate plants by carrying pollen from one plant to the next. Honeybees are... Read more »... Read more »
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