National FFA Organization names 49 individuals as 2014 New Century Farmers
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National FFA Organization names 49 individuals as 2014 New Century Farmers​​

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​ Kristy Meyer
Marketing and Communications​
National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, July 9, 2014⁄National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization has selected 49 outstanding young people to participate in the 2014 New Century Farmer program. This exclusive, highly competitive program develops young men and women committed to pursuing a career in production agriculture.

Participants representing 26 states will take part in an intensive seminar July 13–19 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 production agriculture. In addition to classroom learning, students will experience the latest developments in agricultural technology.

The New Century Farmer program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer; Case IH; CSX Corporation; and Farm Credit with media partner Successful Farming as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. 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 2014 New Century Farmers are:

  • ARKANSAS: Benjamin Thompson of Everton
  • ARIZONA: Moriah Jacobs of Litchfield Park
  • CALIFORNIA: Aric Barcellos of Los Banos, Jaclyn Cubillas of Hacienda Heights and Nicholas Martin of Patterson
  • COLORADO: Mary Lenz of Holyoke
  • GEORGIA: Cole Roper and Christopher Whitworth, of Royston
  • IOWA: Donald Conway of Melrose, Andrew Luzum of Decorah, Janae Mogler of Alvord and Robert Trumm of Cascade
  • IDAHO: Samuel Hoffman of Moscow and Justin Lake and Anna Pratt of Blackfoot
  • ILLINOIS: Wesley DeClercq of Hillsdale
  • INDIANA: Amy Burbrink of North Vernon, Cole Goodman of Waynetown and Paul Clayton Michael–Butler of Mulberry
  • KANSAS: Garet Koester of Concordia and Andrea Mattas of Wilson
  • KENTUCKY: Brian Chism of Brandenburg and Benjamin Ryan of Elizabethtown
  • MINNESOTA: Andrew Krause of Buffalo, Jared Krieger of Kerkhoven, Tim Rasmussen of Rothsay and David VanKlompenburg of Montevideo
  • MISSOURI: Brenda Arnold of Drexel, Aaron Edwards of Salisbury and Amanda Holder of Point Lookout
  • MONTANA: Karoline Rose of Three Forks
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Hunter Stevenson of Elizabeth City
  • NORTH DAKOTA: Mitchel Lacher of Christine and Justin Zahradka of Lawton
  • NEW JERSEY:Levi Gibbs of Andover
  • NEW YORK: Adam Eick of Medina
  • OHIO: Aaron Clark of Millersburg, Kelli Hartman of Wilmington, Niles McGuire of Germantown, Austin Mikesell of New Madison and Charles Miller of Washington Court House
  • OREGON: Hana Cooper of Monument
  • RHODE ISLAND: Lauren Woloohojian of West Greenwich
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Andrew Rausch of Hoven
  • TENNESSEE: Derek Giffin of Union City and Michaela Slagle of Johnson City
  • UTAH: Casey Major of Avon
  • VIRGINIA: Johnathan Foltz of Edinburg
  • WISCONSIN: Emma Waterworth of Fall River

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 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 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 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, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About DuPont Pioneer
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 (NYSE:DD) 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.