50 FFA members from throughout U.S. to receive specialized training for careers in production agriculture at 2013 New Century Farmer Conference

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, July 3, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Fifty students have been selected to attend the National FFA Organization’s 2013 New Century Farmer Conference July 14-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The conference helps prepare FFA members committed to careers in production agriculture by providing them specialized training in entrepreneurial leadership, practical knowledge, vision, global perspective and personal growth.

FFA members selected for this year’s conference represent 23 U.S. states:

  • ALABAMA: Brady Peek of Elkmont
  • CALIFORNIA: Thomas Fantozzi of Patterson, Jeffrey Quaglino of Arroyo Grande and Lauren Friend of Tulare
  • COLORADO: Preston Talbert of Wray
  • DELAWARE: Jake Jones of Milford
  • FLORIDA: Andrew Land of Live Oak
  • GEORGIA: Brad Weaver of Dawsonville
  • IDAHO: Braden Lake of Burley
  • ILLINOIS: Keagan Blasing of Pearl City and Matthew Pokojski of Centralia
  • INDIANA: Jourdan Bender of Poseyville and Michael Strasburger of West Lafayette
  • IOWA: Nick Davis of Waterloo
  • KANSAS: Colton Day of Wellington, Dalton Hodgkinson of Pratt and Matthew Kirkpatrick of Marion
  • KENTUCKY: William Goggin of Danville and Justin Vaughn of Auburn
  • MINNESOTA: Tyler Gruenhagen and Carl Heuer, both of Howard Lake; Stephanie Kasper of Owatonna; and Kirsten Meier of Watkins
  • MISSOURI: Ryan Messner of Stanberry, Sidney Schenkel of Maryville, Clinton Smith of Warrensburg and Aron Taylor of Canton
  • NEW ENGLAND: Aaron Stech of Osmond, Craig Teten of Johnson, Wade Walters of Shickley, Blake Gengenbach of Eustis and Tyler Steffen of Crofton
  • NEW YORK: Maxwell Russell of Appleton
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Kyle Smith of Clinton and Christopher Westmoreland of Huntersville
  • OKLAHOMA: Kyle Osborn of Tuttle and Kale Vickrey of Minco
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Caleb Grove of Shippensburg and Benjamin LeCrone of Alexandria
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Tyrel Eisenbraun of Wall and Paige Hermanson of Doland
  • TENNESSEE: Orren Ogg of Martin
  • UTAH: Chaleesa Warren of Smithfield and Jordan Johnson of South Jordan
  • WISCONSIN: Cory Brown of Belleville, Kyle Danzinger of Durand, Benjamin Julka of Rosendale, Anthony Mellenthin of Eau Galle, Taliah Scheibinger of Cottage Grove and Mitchell Wedig of Darlington

Conference participants will learn from each other and industry experts and trainers during a series of workshops and sessions throughout the event. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends and risk management. The group will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risks and rewards involved with production agriculture. In addition to classroom learning, FFA members will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.

The 2013 New Century Farmer Conference is sponsored by DuPont/Pioneer, Case IH, CSX Corp. and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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 United States Congress 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 at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.