National Ag Day: 8 agriculture facts you probably didn’t know
Mar24

National Ag Day: 8 agriculture facts you probably didn’t know

Happy National Ag Day! Today, March 25, we’re celebrating along with the Agriculture Council of America a day geared to recognize the abundance provided by agriculture. National Ag Day is all about celebrating and recognizing the contributions agriculture makes to our everyday lives. Why celebrate and recognize? Well, the organizers explain that pretty well: Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily...

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Looking forward to Summer break? Thank a farmer.
Apr08

Looking forward to Summer break? Thank a farmer.

As we wind down from enjoying spring breaks and time off, we go back to school and work awaiting our next break… SUMMER! But have you ever stopped and wondered why it is that our school year is set up that way? I sure never did, until now.  In fact, I came to find it wasn’t always this way. Prior to the Civil War, rural schools were divided into two terms- a winter term that lasted from December to March and a summer term from mid-May...

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Bringing back native pollinators
Jan03

Bringing back native pollinators

Traditional honeybee hives are facing threats from a condition called “Colony Collapse Disorder.” While its causes are still unclear, the disorder has killed millions of bees and adversely affected pollination of many fruit and vegetable crops. Find out what habitat conservationists in Orange County, California are doing to help bring native bees back in this episode of America’s Heartland: Watch 816 on PBS. See more from...

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Somos FFA
Sep20

Somos FFA

Meet Dr. Dexter Wakefield, the National FFA Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Dexter works to review current trends in agricultural education and seek ways to promote a holistic view of the importance of agricultural education to a broader audience. He has a total of 17 years of experience as an agriculture educator in Georgia, Indiana and Illinois, working for 11 of those years as coordinator of agricultural education and...

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New Century Farmer – Day Three
Jul12

New Century Farmer – Day Three

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.  To start off the third day of the New Century Farmer conference, we heard from Matt Erickson...

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