AFBF Foundation: Apply for John Deere Teacher Resource Kits by Aug. 15

Dan Education, Industry News Release

Kindergarten through fifth-grade educators working in schools are encouraged to apply by August 15th for resource kit grants courtesy of John Deere and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. John Deere is sponsoring the distribution of 300 kits, each containing one copy of the Foundation’s 2018 Book of the Year, “John Deere, That’s Who!,” an educator guide and a …

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Agri View: College Careers in Agriculture

Dan Agri View, Education

Everett Griner talks about college careers in agriculture expanding in today’s Agri View. College Careers in Agriculture I think I have covered this before but it is worth another shot. More students are studying agriculture in college than ever before. Choice careers is nothing to compare with 30 years ago. It has always been agricultural engineering. It is bigger now …

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Young Entrepreneurs Take on Ag

Abbey Taylor Education, Florida

MEDIA CONTACTS: G.B. Crawford, Public Relations Director, 352.374.1517, Michele Curts, Leadership Programs Coordinator, 352.374.1541, Gainesville, Fla. – Florida Farm Bureau will hold its state Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference, themed “Rooted in Agriculture,” at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, July 13-15, 2018. A mix of more than 300 Generation Zs and Millennials will attend …


USDA Supports Local Foods in Schools through Farm to School Grants

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced $5.2 million in grant awards to bring nutritious, local foods into schools and create new economic opportunities for farmers. The grants, part of the USDA Farm to School Program, will impact over 6,000 schools and 2.8 million students nationwide. “USDA is committed to helping our children build bright futures …


Children to Learn About Agriculture at UF/IFAS Citrus Youth Day

Dan Ag "Outdoors", Citrus, Education, Florida, Research

Children from across Florida will get a chance to learn about one of the major Florida agriculture industries at the second annual Citrus Youth Day. They might even get so inspired that they attend the University of Florida and pursue a career in agriculture, organizers say. Some 66 youth are scheduled to attend the event June 28 at the University …

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National FFA Organization and ASTA Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding

Dan Education, Industry News Release, Seeds

The National FFA Organization and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding. The memorandum will align ASTA’s strategic goals and resources with the three-component model of agricultural education, providing teacher curriculum and resources; supervised agricultural experience support and mentors; and leadership and career development. “This Memorandum of Understanding helps stress the importance of the three-component …

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Kelly Morgan Named New Director of UF/IFAS Southwest Florida REC

Dan Education, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

As Best Management Practices Coordinator for the state, Kelly Morgan has spent years helping growers find optimum ways to irrigate and fertilize their crops to maximize results. Now, he will get the chance to coordinate even more groundbreaking research. The University of Florida has named Morgan the new director of the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, …

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Farmers Set to Attend the NFU Beginning Farmers Institute

Dan Education, Industry News Release

The National Farmers Union says twenty beginning farmers and ranchers from across the United States will participate in the 2018-2019 Beginning Farmers Institute Program. The institute is designed to help the next generation of farmers to succeed by providing mentorship, technical training, as well as leadership development for participants. NFU President Roger Johnson says his group is happy to welcome …

UF/IFAS Hopes to Grow Vanilla, Meet Consumer Demand

Dan Education, Florida, Nursery Crops, Research, Specialty Crops

For dessert, how about a scoop of ice cream flavored with vanilla from Florida’s farmers? Because so many consumers enjoy vanilla, University of Florida scientists hope to help Florida farmers grow the bean. Consumers have an appetite for vanilla. The U.S. leads the world in imported vanilla beans, said Alan Chambers, an assistant professor of horticultural sciences at the UF …

FFA Members Compete During State Convention

Dan Alabama, Education, Industry News Release

A sea of national blue and corn gold swept the Capital City as over 1,300 students and advisers gathered for the 90th Alabama FFA State Convention June 6-8. Students competed in state career development events (CDEs) during the annual meeting in Montgomery, sharpening their professional development skills and industry knowledge. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Jennifer Christenberry said she enjoys watching students …