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FFA Week: Cultivating Corn for the Future Featured Article

It’s National FFA Week, and recently, Monsanto welcomed 75 State FFA Officers from the U.S. into one of its facilities outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of the visit, the State Officers learned about the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) program. The program is a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing food security in Sub-Saharan Africa through the development and distribution of drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize seed. Taylor Green is one of the State Officers who participated in the visit.

Cultivating Corn for the Future

By Taylor Green

The need to produce more food for more people is … Full Article »

FFA Students Learn about Ag Business at Ohio Field Day Featured Article

By Sean Battles
US Commercial Team

Nearly 200 FFA members from eight area schools attended the annual FFA Training Day recently at Riker Farm Seeds, one of three Ohio DEKALB®/Asgrow® training sites.  The event featured learning stations on ag business and agronomics and was co-sponsored by Riker Farm and DEKALB/Asgrow.  This is the fifth year that Diane Zyski, District Sales Manager, has been a leader of the FFA training day.

“FFA Training Day is a great way to educate the younger generation about the many opportunities in agriculture,” Zyski said.  “Through programs like America’s Farmers Grow Communities and FFA Training Day, we … Full Article »

FFA Students Looking Forward to Learning Leadership Skills, Meeting New People Featured Article

By Nick Weber
Corporate Web Team

When National FFA Convention rolls around, many chapters travel through St. Louis on their way to the host city. Monsanto opens its doors at our two campuses and hosts the chapters for tours. On Tuesday, on their way to the convention in Louisville, Ky., chapters from Kansas and Colorado visited, and we asked them, “What are you looking forward to most at National FFA Convention?”

Here are their responses:

“This will be my third year going. In the past, I have had the opportunity to meet many mentors from across the U.S. I have … Full Article »

FFA: The Future of Agriculture Featured Article

By Lauren S.

I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words, but of deeds.

Growing up on a hog farm, I learned the value of hard work at a young age.  Some of my earliest memories include feeding hogs, riding in the combine with my grandpa, showing livestock and participating in our local 4-H club.  While I discovered my love for agriculture in small-town Southern Illinois, I didn’t truly understand how much my passion could impact the industry until I joined FFA.

I’ll never forget when my dad told me I had to … Full Article »

Monsanto Supports Indiana FFA through “Farm Safely” Initiative Featured Article

By Sean Battles
US Commercial Team

Monsanto’s Specialty Hybrids Team recently sent farm safety packages to northern Indiana FFA chapter advisers during National Farm Safety Week. The educational effort is part of the Specialty Hybrids “Farm Safely” initiative to help farm families keep farm safety top of mind as they go about the daily work of growing crops, tending livestock and operating equipment.

“We’re committed to providing rural communities and farm families with educational materials, resources and staff to establish a safety culture on their farms,” says Marty Huseman, Specialty Hybrids farm safely manager. “A safety culture is a conscious … Full Article »

Proud to Support the South Dakota FFA Featured Article

Farmers will tell you that the farming business is about three things – hope, faith, and the future. We spend a lot of time thinking about the future, and the future of agriculture. And the future of agriculture, like the past and the present, is about people – young people. 

Recently, we provided some support for a building managed by the South Dakota FFA. The building is the Animal Nursery & Ag Learning Center at the South Dakota State Fair. Thousands of people toured the center, and, yes, they saw our banner and those of the other sponsors, but … Full Article »

From Gothenburg to St. Louis: The Work of Monsanto Featured Article

The following post is by Brennan Costello currently serves as the Central Region Vice President at the National FFA Organization. He attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in agribusiness. Costello recently visited Monsanto and is providing his perspective on that visit.

‘Man, they are sure doing a lot of work over there.’ I had this thought as I traveled down Highway 47 past construction crews working on a new Monsanto facility being built just south of my hometown of Gothenburg, Nebraska.

They were doing a lot of ‘work’ constructing the facility, but the real work that would happen at the … Full Article »

FFA and Public Speaking Featured Article

By Kelcie Jones
California FFA State FFA Secretary 

Overcoming our fear just might save the world. 

America’s No. 1 fear, said to make a grown man cry, is known for its ability to cause perspiration, confusion, and lack of reason. What fear could possibly cause such a huge impact on Americans each year? The infamous, and occasionally disastrous, fear of public speaking. 

I recall a time in my life when answering a question in class, reading aloud in the library, or even introducing myself to a group of people could cause my heart to nearly beat out of my chest. … Full Article »

FFA: Investing in Tomorrow’s Agriculture Featured Article

By Kelcie Jones
California State FFA Secretary 

Throughout high school, students enrolled in agricultural education and active members in their local Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter have the opportunity to seek out leadership positions within their school or on a larger scale. These positions allow students to refine their skills on agriculture advocacy, leadership, and networking to encourage career success in the future. 

Many times, these elections require a speech, an application, and an interview. I remember my first election like it was yesterday. As nerve-wracking as it was, experiences in the FFA like this one have made me … Full Article »

What FFA Means to Me

This past summer, Monsanto presented an Ag Youth in the Spotlight Award to Vance Zacharias, son on of a North Dakota farmer. Vance is heavily involved in FFA at the local and state levels, and we asked him to tell us why he believes FFA is important to himself and to agriculture. Here’s what he said.

Throughout life, we make choices, choices that define who we are as individuals. One choice that has defined me as an individual is the choice to join the FFA. Throughout the past six years, the FFA has effectively made me the individual that I … Full Article »