Visitors explore the APHIS booth at the National FFA Convention
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and several other U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies had staff at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last week to share agricultural information with 50,000 enthusiastic FFA members, aged 12-21, and their families. Read more »
Benita Hodge, a statistician with the NASS Michigan Field Office, works with FFA students at a leadership conference in Texas.
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As we begin a new school year, I am proud to announce that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has again partnered with the National FFA Organization to develop new educational online learning tools that will help promote agricultural and statistical literacy. Read more »
USDA Rural Development tour of the Sam Kane Beef Processing Plant . (L-R) CEO Jerry Kane, CFO Harold Kane, Deputy Under Secretary Rural Development Cheryl Cook, Texas State Director Paco Valentin, Texas State Program Director Daniel Torres and Area Director Jake Sheeran.
Several Rural Development funded project sites in were visited by officials from Washington, D.C. in Texas recently to highlighted USDA’s commitment to strengthening rural communities. Read more »
By Wayne Maloney, Office of Communications
Officials from USDA and the Department of Education met at the Agriculture Department yesterday with National FFA student leaders from across the country. The students are visiting Washington, D.C., for the annual National FFA State President’s Conference.
Among those addressing the students was Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier, Dr. Roger Beachy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager. Read more »
USDA Agriculture Secretary Vilsack kicked off the third in a series of five workshops on competition in agriculture today. Speaking to a packed house of more then 500 small and large dairy farmers, FFA members and members of the public at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Vilsack highlighted the struggles of those living in rural America and the need to explore the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in the dairy industry. Read more »
A new People’s Garden was planted in west/central Kentucky this past Memorial Day weekend. The garden is located on the greenhouse business property of Meredith Agriculture in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. This new People’s Garden is a project of Meredith Agriculture and Central Hardin High School FFA. The garden is managed by a CHHS graduate member, Alex Meredith, and his father Steve. Several FFA members, parents, and siblings of FFA members gathered to plant a 4,500 square foot garden of tomatoes, sweet corn, potatoes, squash, lima beans, and watermelons. The produce will be donated to several local agencies that help the needy. Read more »