20 Students named Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors

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DeLoss Jahnke
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INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, August 20, 2012/National FFA Organization) – Collegiate FFA has selected 20 college students to serve as National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors for the 2012-2013 school year.

The focus of the program is to develop and implement a sustainable agricultural awareness plan among teachers and students on the local level and share the importance of agriculture. The students, who are currently enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the nation, will deliver presentations to elementary, junior-high and high school classes, community organizations and other groups interested in learning about the agriculture industry. These presentations will focus on food safety and security, current agricultural topics, sound science and sustainable agriculture.

The students participated in a four-day training seminar in August, in which they concentrated on enhancing their presentation skills while receiving training on current agriculture issues. The National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors program is sponsored by BASF, Syngenta, CSX Corporation, National Pork Board and U.S. Farmers & Ranchers alliance as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Collegiate FFA is an influential part of agricultural education, with chapters in 105 postsecondary schools throughout the nation.

Tate Bauman
College/Major: University of Wyoming/Agricultural Business
Career goal: show pig operator/owner

Breanne Brammer
College/Major: University of Missouri/Science and Agricultural Journalism
Career goal: lawyer specializing in agriculture and the environment

Jenna Byers
College/Major: University of Delaware/Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management
Career goal: cooperative extension agent

Haley Cobb
College/Major: Middle Tennessee State University/Agribusiness
Career goal: agricultural advocate

Jordyn Coon
College/Major: Oregon State University/Agricultural Sciences
Career goal: teaching agricultural education in an urban school

Mollie Dykes
College/Major: University of Arkansas/Agricultural Communications
Career goal: public relations

Elizabeth Eastep
College/Major: North Carolina State University/Animal Sciences
Career goal: international agricultural education

Jillian Gordon
College/Major: The Pennsylvania State University/Agricultural and Extension Education
Career goal: teach agricultural education

Melissa Keyes
College/Major: University of Nebraska/Agricultural Communications
Career goal: become a professional public speaker

Jessica Milstein
College/Major: Colorado State University/Agriculture Education
Career goal: teach agricultural education

Brett Monson
College/Major: South Dakota State University/Agricultural Education
Career goal: teach agricultural education

Samantha Paschal
College/Major: Purdue University/Bio-Chemistry
Career goal: teach agricultural education

Anna Leigh Peek
College/Major: Auburn University/Agricultural Communications
Career goal: public relations/lobbyist

Kylah Reynolds
College/Major: Oregon State University/Agriculture Science
Career goal: Peace Corps and international agriculture

Haley Schulz
College/Major: Michigan State University/Environmental Studies and Agriscience
Career goal: work for National FFA Organization

Brandon Smith
College/Major: University of Illinois/Agriculture Education
Career goal: teach agricultural education

Sam Tauchen
College/Major: University of Wisconsin-River Falls/Agricultural Education and Biochemistry
Career goal: Career goal: teach agricultural education

Gracie Weinzierl
College/Major: Illinois State University/Agriculture Education
Career goal: teach agricultural education

Catherine Whitney
College/Major: Utah State University/Animal and Dairy Science
Career goal: own and operate a farm

Mollie Wilken
College/Major: University of Nebraska/Animal Science
Career goal: work for the Nebraska Beef Council

The National FFA Organization which provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About BASF
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at newsroom.basf.com.

About Syngenta
Syngenta is one of the world’s leading companies with more than 26,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please go to www.syngenta.com.

About CSX Corporation
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company’s transportation network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company’s web site, csx.com.

About National Pork Board
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org.

About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is a newly formed alliance consisting of a wide range of prominent farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners. This marks the first time agricultural groups at the national, regional and state levels have collaborated to lead the dialogue and answer Americans’ questions about how we raise our food – while being stewards of the environment, responsibly caring for our animals and maintaining strong businesses and communities. This press release was wholly or partially funded by one or more Checkoff programs.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online, on Facebook, on Twitter and FFA Nation.