National FFA Organization accepting applications for 2013 New Century Farmer Conference July 14-20

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CONTACT
Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, Jan. 28, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – The National FFA Organization is now accepting applications for its 2013 New Century Farmer Conference, a free event for selected students July 14-20 in Johnstown, Iowa.

This exclusive, highly competitive conference is open to college agriculture students who intend to pursue careers in production agriculture. Students picked to attend the conference will be among the first in the nation to learn about the latest technological developments in the agriculture industry will receive business management advice from top industry leaders. The program will also help students develop a nationwide network of industry professionals and colleagues.

The deadline to submit applications to the 2013 New Century Farmer Conference is 5 p.m. EST March 15.

The top 50 applicants will be chosen to participate. Potential participants can learn more about the program and download an application at www.FFA.org/Collegiate.

The conference is sponsored as a special project of the National FFA Foundation by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business; Case IH; CSX Transportation; and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming.

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.

About Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business
Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, is the world’s leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics in nearly 70 countries.

About DuPont
DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

About Case IH
Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive and reliable equipment. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in more than 160 countries. Case IH provides agricultural equipment systems, flexible financial service offerings and parts and service support for professional farmers and commercial operators through a dedicated network of professional dealers and distributors. Productivity enhancing products include tractors; combines and harvesters; hay and forage equipment; tillage tools; planting and seeding systems; sprayers and applicators; and site-specific farming tools. Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Group (FIA:MI).

About CSX Transportation
CSX Transportation, 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.

About Farm Credit
For 95 years, Farm Credit has been a national provider of credit and related services to rural America through a cooperative network of customer-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations. Created by Congress in 1916, the Farm Credit System provides more than $175 billion in loans and leases to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives.

About Successful Farming
Successful Farming is a multi-media business that serves the diverse information needs of rural and farm families. Its editorial mission is to serve the business, production and family information needs of families who make farming and ranching their business. Established in 1902, Successful Farming was the first magazine published by Meredith Corp. Currently, Successful Farming reaches more than 1 million readers with each issue and is one of the most recognizable brands in the agricultural industry. In addition to the magazine and website, Successful Farming properties include the Successful Farming Radio Magazine, Successful Farming Data Solutions, Successful Farming Machinery Show, SF Market Research Solutions and custom publishing.