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Posts tagged: Champions of Change

Fourth Generation Farmer, Educator, and Lawmaker Helps White House Win the Future

Jason Frerichs, Farmer/Rancher/Educator, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Wilmot, SD

Jason Frerichs, Farmer/Rancher/Educator, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, Wilmot, SD

Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:

Jason is a fourth generation farmer/rancher, educator, and lawmaker from Wilmot, SD. Jason manages a 150 head beef cow/calf operation as well as raises corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa. Frerichs is an agriculture instructor at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD where he is also the Watertown Area FFA Advisor. Representative Frerichs has been a key player in the development of renewable energy and education issues in the State Legislature. Frerichs is actively involved in the Farmers Union, the South Dakota Education Association, SD Stockgrowers, and the United States Cattlemen’s Association.


Rural Champion uses USDA Funding to Bring Change to North Dakota

Everett Dobrinski, CoBank, North Dakota

Everett Dobrinski, CoBank, North Dakota

Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:

Everett farmed all his life in North Dakota and taught high school while farming for a few years. Nowadays, Everett is a full-time farmer and a leader in co-operatives with farming. Read more »

Rural Champion Works to Improve Views of Sustainable Agriculture

Linda Barnes, Farmer and Educator, Marshalltown Community College, Iowa

Linda Barnes, Farmer and Educator, Marshalltown Community College, Iowa

Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:

Linda Barnes is a professor of biology at the Marshalltown Community College and also an organic farmer. Read more »

Rural Champion, Roland Arriola, Brings Grass Roots Change to Youth in South Texas

Roland Arriola, Founder & President, Texas Valley Communities Foundation, Texas

Roland Arriola, Founder & President, Texas Valley Communities Foundation, Texas

Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:

After retiring from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2008, Dr. Arriola, like many retirees in America, wanted to continue to be of service to his community. He formed the Texas Valley Communities Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 tax exempt organization designed to provide funding and support to grass roots organizations in South Texas seeking to develop and implement effective college readiness outreach programs for Hispanics and at-risk students. Through his efforts, and with the help of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Motor Company Fund, Meadows Foundation, and the Houston Endowment, Dr. Arriola’s foundation and its partner grass roots organizations have created the Engaging Communities for College Readiness (ENCORE) program. Read more »

White House Launches Rural America Champions of Change Website

On Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, with President Barack Obama, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and rural communities leaders from across the country for the White House Rural Champions of Change event. The purpose of this meeting is to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. Prior to coming here, they were posed with a question about, what should/should not the government be doing to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

On Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attended a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, with President Barack Obama, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and rural communities leaders from across the country for the White House Rural Champions of Change event. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

As chair of the recently established White House Rural Council, I want to make sure you take a look at a new web page that went live on the White House Champions of Change website.  It is focused on the meeting that was held at the White House on July 6, with President Obama, myself and 18 Rural Champions from across 14 states.  The new site features blogs and short video clips from participants about the meeting.  I hope that you’ll take a moment to check it out: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions. Read more »

Champions of Change: Moving Chefs to School in New Haven, Connecticut

Cross posted from the Let’s Move! blog:

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to join 5 chefs from across the country, all of us being recognized as a Champion of Change. Working together as a team the six of us joined in a discussion with Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and Chef Sam Kass to discuss opportunities and challenges of the Chefs Move to Schools, a program of the Let’s Move! initiative.

The true spirit of Chefs Move to Schools (CMTS) is to engage children in their classroom through food. The program has morphed into a fun and educational program benefitting both school children and school nutrition professionals. One practice that is becoming popular is to have the program benefit both these groups; first by getting kids excited by a chef demo then having the chef step into the school kitchen, not to comment about the food, rather to work hands on with the kitchen staff to help re-educate them on basic kitchen skills. This quick educational lesson is often welcomed by the staff who see it as an opportunity to network with a local chef. Engaging organizations is important to seeing through with the success of CMTS. The American Culinary Federation, School Nutrition Association and Share Our Strength are the top three organizations involved to see through with the success of CMTS. Read more »