Fred Rogge, Washington, Kansas, shares his thoughts after winning the Community Leadership award at the 2010 AgConnect Expo in Orlando, Florida. Other nominees for the award included Julie Brashear (Tampa, FL), Melinda Fruendt (Guthrie, OK), Gretchen Garth (Woodinville, WA), and Dennis Treacy (Smithfield, VA). Fred is involved in educating people about agriculture through the National FFA Organization and Farm Bureau.
We have a special presentation from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that features Texas A&M’s Dr. Danny Klinefelter, director of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) and co-director of the Texas A&M Family and Owner-Managed Business.
This valuable presentation overviews The Forces Driving the Ag Credit Market and Its Impact on Producers. This presentation should be reviewed by your senior management team and others involved in the financial area of your operation.
Also this week a conversation with American Farm Bureau Federation’s Senior Director for Congressional Relations Rick Krause reviews the current climate legislation conversation in Washington and what it means for livestock and crop producers.
October brought to Indianapolis several thousand young adults to the 82nd National FFA Convention. The Truffle Media team was on the floor talking with career floor exhibitors and students about their experience. Of particular interest are the 2009 FFA Agri-Entrepreneurs winners. They are energetic, optimistic, and are pursuing their ideas with passion. These are people to keep your eye on!
Employment prospects for farmers, ranchers, and production managers are expected to decline over the next seven years, with notable exceptions in organic farming, horticulture, and aquiculture. The overall outlook for careers in agriculture and food science is brighter—job growth in these areas is expected to keep pace with the average of other occupations in the United States.