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New Century Farmers: Cultivators and Advocators

07/23/2010 @ 9:19pm

The National FFA Organization's New Century Farmer conference focused on helping the 50 students from across the U.S. become cultivators and advocators of their operation and agriculture as an industry.

The final day of the conference, held in Johnston, Iowa, let the participants ask questions of seasoned farmers and to each other before they left for their respectful states.

Wyatt DeJong from Kennebec, South Dakota, stressed the importance of hearing from the farmers themselves. “We had a panel of farmers who came in and shared with us the importance of hard work and determination, and what goes in to the day-to-day activities involved in production agriculture,” he said. “It is important to hear it from them because we can only learn so much from a book.”

On the other hand, Sara Berg said she enjoyed networking with other students the most during the weeklong conference. “All of these people are in the same or similar situation I am in. We all really want to do the same ideas,” the Baltic, South Dakota native said. “Everyone is growing a different crop and we are learning about each other. It’s a great aspect of this conference.”

The New Century Farmer conference is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, Rabo AgriFinance, and Case IH, with media partner Successful Farming, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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