FFA names 50 individuals at 2011 New Century Farmers

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Program prepares young farmers for success in the 21st century



INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 26, 2011) -- The National FFA Organization has selected 50 outstanding young people to participate in the 2011 New Century Farmer program. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.


The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, A DuPont business; Rabo AgriFinance; CASE IH; and CSX Corporation; with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


Participants representing 23 states will take part in an intensive seminar July 24-30 in Johnstown, Iowa. They will learn from each other and industry experts during a series of workshops and sessions. Topics will include the global marketplace, farm financing, demographic trends, and risk management. New Century Farmers will hear from motivating and informative keynote speakers who will educate them on the risks and rewards involved with agriculture production. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.


The program is designed to provide participants with valuable skills and knowledge applicable to their own farming operations. In addition, they will build a network of colleagues that will benefit them throughout their careers.


The 2011 New Century Farmers are...



Ryan Clifton

Katharine Rosser



Anthony Cannon

Austin Courson

Jacob Nyhuis



Troy Highsmith



Seth Pratt



Matthew Dehlinger

Matthew DeSutter

Logan Frye

Christopher Richards

Justin Thomas



Ryan Brauser

Kelsey Freeman

Blake Hesters



Whitney Harris

Tyler Moser



Kelsey Harris

Morgan McNeal

Michael Welch



Beau Neal

Alexander Richardson



Alan Eck



Stephanie Andersen

Carl Wagner III



Jason Keck

Todd Speltz

Gregory Tusa



Megan Anderson

Gregory Cooper

Kaylyn Dalbom

Nancy Jackson

Jarred Lewis



Rob Newton


New York

Corey Reed


North Carolina

John Layton

Matthew Westmoreland


North Dakota

Aaron Steckler



Jake Detwiler

Kayla Finton

Mike Hannewald

Matthew Lutz



Logan Skeen



Tyler Funk

Lindsay Hetrick



Josh Snodgrass

Dennis Underwood

Carl Whitworth



Westley Drake



Kyle Thoman




DeLoss Jahnke

Marketing and Communications

National FFA Organization




About Pioneer Hi-Bred

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success™.



About Rabo AgriFinance
Rabo AgriFinance is a leading provider of financial services for agricultural producers and agribusinesses in the United States, adding value with industry expertise, client-focused solutions and long-term business relationships. Rabo AgriFinance's nationwide network of relationship managers, crop insurance and risk management specialists offers a comprehensive suite of services, including loans, crop insurance and sophisticated risk management products. Rabo AgriFinance is a division of Rabobank, the premier bank to the global agriculture industry and one of the world’s largest and safest banks.



About Case IH

Case IH is a global leader in agricultural equipment, committed to collaborating with its customers to develop the most powerful, productive, reliable equipment - designed to meet today's agricultural challenges. Challenges like feeding an expanding global population on less land, meeting ever-changing government regulations and managing input costs. With headquarters in the United States, Case IH has a network of dealers and distributors that operates in over 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; site-specific farming tools and utility vehicles. Case IH is a brand of CNH (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. (FI.MI).



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 Successful Farming
Successful Farming was founded in 1902. It was the first magazine published by Meredith Corporation and has a circulation of 420,000 and 1.2 million readers. Successful Farming is one of the most successful and recognizable brands in the Agricultural industry. Its Web site, Agriculture.com (www.agriculture.com), established in 1995, was one of the first agricultural Web sites in America.
Successful Farming also produces a weekly television show titled the Successful Farming Machinery Show. Other
Successful Farming properties include the Successful Farming Radio Magazine Network, Successful Farming Data Solutions, Market Research, and custom publishing services.


About The National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 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 (http://www.ffa.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nationalffa), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org).