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USDA seeks ideas to help SNAP participants become independent

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is looking for innovative ideas to promote work and self-sufficiency among able-bodied adults participating in the department’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The public is invited to provide input through a notice in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted on the web through the Federal Register. USDA [...]

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National FFA Week: From non-farming to thoughts of ag careers

National FFA Week is touted as a time to look at the successes of FFA members, not only in the past but also at what the future may hold. The organization prides itself on bringing agricultural education and understanding to members of all backgrounds — more and more of which are coming from non-production agriculture [...]

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Is it time for industrial hemp?

I recently had the honor of hearing President Donald Trump address my fellow members at the 99th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville. Not surprisingly, he addressed major agricultural issues like tax reform, regulatory reform, rural broadband access, Waters of the U.S. and trade policy. Every farmer in this country is [...]

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National FFA Week: Service and advocacy emphasized at Washington Leadership Conference

Every summer, Washington D.C. is turned blue and gold as FFA members from across the country travel to the nation’s capital as participants of the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). The conference focuses on developing students into motivated citizens who desire to make a difference in their home communities. This year over 2,000 students attended including [...]

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National FFA Week: Cardington FFA Chapter takes on relief efforts for Puerto Rico

Learning to Do. Doing to Learn. Earning to Live. Living to Serve. Ohio FFA members embody the final line of the FFA motto, “Living to Serve.”  Despite living thousands of miles from the island of Puerto Rico, members of the Cardington FFA Chapter in Morrow County have decided to step up and serve those in [...]

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Ryan Matthews is the Ohio FFA President.

National FFA Week: A message from Ohio President Ryan Matthews

According to Ohio FFA state president, Ryan Matthews, “Spring 2018 is going to be jam packed with fun!” This year brings many exciting events and experiences for FFA members across Ohio. Several state Career Development Events will take place over the next few months and chapters will continue attending state leadership conferences. 2018 will also [...]

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Trump Administration proposes new infrastructure plan

The Trump administration revealed its outline for improving the nation’s highways, bridges, waterways, railways and rural infrastructure. The $200 billion federal spending proposal is designed to stimulate $1.5 trillion in total infrastructure investments. Allocating $50 billion to state and local governments in the form of block grants, the plan calls for 25% of total funds [...]

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Brown recognized by OEFFA

At a gathering of more than 1,100 farmers and local food advocates, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) received the Food and Farm Champion Award from the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA). The announcement was made in Dayton on Friday, February 16 as part of OEFFA’s 39th annual conference, A Taste for Change. The award recognizes [...]

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Members of the Ohio Hi-Point satellite middle school FFA chapter located at Graham Middle School. Their advisor, Ms. Emily Burns, is in her first year as an agricultural educator and FFA advisor. The Chapter participates in events such as creed speaking, general livestock judging and community service projects. Photo provided by Emily Burns.

National FFA Week: First year teachers excelling in the classroom

With over 300 FFA chapters in Ohio, there are hundreds of dedicated advisors, who also serve as agricultural education instructors. Each year, a handful of new, eager faces join the agricultural education family in Ohio. “I wanted to teach [agricultural education] because I have a passion for agriculture and I believe that no matter what [...]

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